Definition of clown noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//klaʊn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klaʊn//
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  1. 1an entertainer who wears funny clothes and a large red nose and does silly things to make people laugh (figurative) Robert was always the class clown (= he did silly things to make the other students laugh).
  2. 2(disapproving) a person that you disapprove of because they act in a stupid way What do those clowns in the government think they are doing? See related entries: Stupid
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. relating to an unsophisticated country person: perhaps of Low German origin.
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