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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kloun]
    • /klaʊn/
    • /klaʊn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kloun]
    • /klaʊn/

Definitions of clown word

  • countable noun clown A clown is a performer in a circus who wears funny clothes and bright make-up, and does silly things in order to make people laugh. 3
  • verb clown If you clown, you do silly things in order to make people laugh. 3
  • verb clown Clown around and clown about mean the same as clown. 3
  • countable noun clown If you say that someone is a clown, you mean that they say funny things or do silly things to amuse people. 3
  • countable noun clown If you describe someone as a clown, you disapprove of them and have no respect for them. 3
  • noun clown a comic entertainer, usually grotesquely costumed and made up, appearing in the circus 3

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Origin of clown

First appearance:

before 1555
One of the 31% oldest English words
1555-65; earlier cloyne, clowne, perhaps akin to Old Norse klunni boor, Danish dialect klunds, Swedish dialect klunn log

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Parts of speech for Clown


clown popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

clown usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for clown

noun clown

  • fool — to trick, deceive, or impose on: They tried to fool him.
  • jester — a person who is given to witticisms, jokes, and pranks.
  • mime — the art or technique of portraying a character, mood, idea, or narration by gestures and bodily movements; pantomime.
  • buffoon — If you call someone a buffoon, you mean that they often do foolish things.
  • comedian — A comedian is an entertainer whose job is to make people laugh, by telling jokes or funny stories.

verb clown

  • fool around — a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense.
  • jest — a joke or witty remark; witticism.
  • cut up — If you cut something up, you cut it into several pieces.
  • kid around — behave jokingly or playfully
  • bug out — to depart hurriedly; run away; retreat

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