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

 

clown

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verb
BrE BrE//klaʊn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//klaʊn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they clown
BrE BrE//klaʊn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//klaʊn//
 
he / she / it clowns
BrE BrE//klaʊnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//klaʊnz//
 
past simple clowned
BrE BrE//klaʊnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//klaʊnd//
 
past participle clowned
BrE BrE//klaʊnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//klaʊnd//
 
-ing form clowning
BrE BrE//ˈklaʊnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈklaʊnɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] clown (around) (often disapproving) to behave in a silly way, especially in order to make other people laugh Word Origin mid 16th cent. relating to an unsophisticated country person: perhaps of Low German origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: clown

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