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Likely from North Germanic, akin to Icelandic klunni (“klutz”) and Old Frisian klönne (“klutz”). Less probable from Latin colonus (“colonist, farmer”), although learned awareness of this term may have influenced semantic development.
clown (plural clowns)
- A slapstick performance artist often associated with a circus and typically characterised by bright, oversized clothing, a red nose, face paint, and a brightly colored wig.
- A person who acts in a silly fashion.
- (chiefly Britain) A stupid person.
- (obsolete) A man of coarse nature and manners; an awkward fellow; an illbred person; a boor.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Philip Sidney to this entry?)
- Timothy Nourse, Campania Foelix (1700), pp. 15–16
- […] three things ought always to be kept under: a mastiff dog, a stone horse and a clown; and really I think a snarling, cross-grained clown to be the most unlucky beast of three.
- (obsolete) One who works upon the soil; a rustic; a churl; a yokel.
- The clown, the child of nature, without guile.
- Samuel Johnson
- He […] began to descend to familiar questions, endeavouring to accommodate his discourse to the grossness of rustic understandings. The clowns soon found that he did not know wheat from rye, and began to despise him; one of the boys, by pretending to show him a bird's nest, decoyed him into a ditch; […]
- (intransitive) To act in a silly or playful fashion.
- clown (entertainer)
clown m (plural clowns)
- “clown” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
clown m (invariable)
- clown (artist)
clown m (plural clownes)
- clown (circus performance artist)
- payaso m
|Declension of clown|
clown m (plural clowniaid)
- closwn (colloquial, first-person singular conditional)
- first-person plural present / future of
- first-person singular imperfect / conditional of
- (literary) first-person plural imperative of
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every|
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.