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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLOWN

Kemp, the clown of his company, knew her, and dedicated a book to her rather familiarly.

On the front seat is a peasant, laughing at the antics of the clown.

Here is a vain person, and Malvolio is imprisoned and twitted by a clown.

A clown seized Philemon's hand, and hurried him into the ring.

They will think I am a clown out for a holiday, but I can't help that.

Whenever the clown wants to rest, he has to get in the somersault position.

"Oh, I am not tired," said the clown, yawning in spite of himself.

"She is downstairs," said the clown, with a significant gesture.

Caillette followed the clown, then came Girdel, and finally Fanfaro.

And I shall go on being a clown, because that's what I can do and it amuses them.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, clowne, also cloyne, "rustic, boor, peasant," origin uncertain. Perhaps from Scandinavian dialect (cf. Icelandic klunni "clumsy, boorish fellow;" Swedish kluns "a hard knob; a clumsy fellow," Danish klunt "log, block"), or akin to North Frisian klönne "clumsy person." Or, less likely, from Latin colonus "colonist, farmer," though awareness of this word might have influenced the sense development in English.

Meaning "professional fool, professional or habitual jester" is c.1600. "The pantomime clown represents a blend of the Shakes[pearean] rustic with one of the stock types of the It. comedy" [Weekley]. Meaning "contemptible person" is from 1920s. Fem. form clowness attested from 1801.

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