What does the word clown mean?

Usage examples for clown

  1. " Must be a clown," suggested one. – The-Circus-Boys-Across-the-Continent-or-Winning-New-Laurels-on-the-Tanbark by Darlington, Edgar B. P.
  2. Better- better, the love of the clown, Who admires his lass in her Sunday gown, As if all the fairies had dress'd her! – The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by Thomas Hood
  3. Did you suppose that you would drop on to the deck and bounce up again, to come down then on your feet and strike an attitude like a clown in a pantomime? – Steve Young by George Manville Fenn