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

Definitions of clowning word

  • noun clowning clownish behaviour 3
  • noun clowning a comic performer, as in a circus, theatrical production, or the like, who wears an outlandish costume and makeup and entertains by pantomiming common situations or actions in exaggerated or ridiculous fashion, by juggling or tumbling, etc. 1
  • noun clowning a person who acts like a clown; comedian; joker; buffoon; jester. 1
  • noun clowning a prankster; a practical joker. 1
  • noun clowning Slang. a coarse, ill-bred person; a boor. 1
  • noun clowning a peasant; rustic. 1

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Origin of clowning

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 Clowning


clowning 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".

clowning usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for clowning

noun clowning

  • joking — something said or done to provoke laughter or cause amusement, as a witticism, a short and amusing anecdote, or a prankish act: He tells very funny jokes. She played a joke on him.
  • buffoonery — Buffoonery is foolish behaviour that makes you laugh.
  • tomfoolery — foolish or silly behavior; tomfoolishness.
  • horseplay — rough or boisterous play or pranks.
  • comedy — Comedy consists of types of entertainment, such as plays and films, or particular scenes in them, that are intended to make people laugh.

adjective clowning

  • waggish — like a wag; roguish in merriment and good humor; jocular: Fielding and Sterne are waggish writers.
  • gamesome — playful; frolicsome.

Antonyms for clowning

noun clowning

  • seriousness — of, showing, or characterized by deep thought.

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