clown Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “clown” in the English Dictionary

"clown" in British English

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clownnoun [C]

uk   us   /klaʊn/
A2 an entertainer who ​wearsfunnyclothes, has a ​paintedface, and makes ​peoplelaugh by ​performingtricks and ​behaving in a ​silly way someone who ​behaves in a ​silly way, often ​intentionally

clownverb [I usually + adv/prep]

uk   us   /klaʊn/
to ​actstupidly, often to make other ​peoplelaugh: Left ​alone, the ​classthrewbooks, ​pulledfaces, and ​generally clowned around.
(Definition of clown from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clown" in American English

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clownnoun [C]

 us   /klɑʊn/
an ​entertainer who ​wearssillyclothes and makes ​peoplelaugh by ​performingtricks without ​speech infml A clown is also someone who ​behaves in a ​foolish or ​stupid way: The ​peoplerunning this ​school are a ​bunch of clowns.

clownverb [I]

 us   /klɑʊn/
to ​actsilly: Stop clowning around and get ​serious!
(Definition of clown from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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