disapproval If you describe someone as a clown, you disapprove of them and have no respect for them. I still think I could do a better job than those clowns in Washington. = idiot, fool. clown around/about to behave in a silly or funny way. Comic character of mime and pantomime and the circus. The clown developed from the bald-headed, padded buffoons who performed in the farces and mimes of ancient Greece and from the professional comic actors of the Middle Ages. The Italian commedia dell'arte introduced the harlequin, and the clown's whiteface makeup was introduced with the 17th-century French character Pierrot. The distinctive clown costume of oversized shoes, hat, and giant ruff around the neck was established by the popular German clown character Pickelherring. The first circus clown, Joseph Grimaldi, appeared as "Joey" in England (1805) and specialized in pantomime, pratfalls, and slapstick. Famous 20th-century clowns included the Swiss pantomimist Grock (Adrian Wettach), the U.S. circus star Emmett Kelly, and the longtime star of the Moscow circus, Oleg Popov
If you clown, you do silly things in order to make people laugh. Bruno clowned and won affection everywhere. = mess around Clown around and clown about mean the same as clown. Bev made her laugh, the way she was always clowning around. + clowning clown·ing She senses that behind the clowning there is a terrible sense of anguish
A man of coarse nature and manners; an awkward fellow; an ill-bred person; a boor
(Hayvan Bilim, Zooloji) Any of various small tropical fishes (genera Amphiprion and Premnas) of the Indian and Pacific oceans that are related to the damselfishes, are bright orange usually with one or more vertical white stripes, and live symbiotically with sea anemones
A rodeo clown is a rodeo performer who works on bull riding contests. Historically the primary job of the rodeo clown is to protect the rider from the bull after he dismounts or is bucked off, by distracting the bull and providing alternative targets for the bull to chase. Additionally, bull fighters may improve the bull rider's score by turning a bull back that runs down the arena e.g., by grabbing his horn or getting the bull to follow him while the rider is on his back. Rodeo clowns also provide traditional clowning entertainment for the crowd between rodeo events, often parodying aspects of cowboy culture
If you describe a person's appearance or behaviour as clownish, you mean that they look or behave rather like a clown, and often that they appear rather foolish. He had a clownish sense of humour. silly or stupid
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