What does the word clownish mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Clownishness.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Clownishly.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Rude; ill - bred.

Usage examples for clownish

  1. Nor did my heart e'er tell me, I should be Condemned the flower of my youth to spend In this wild native region, and amongst A wretched, clownish crew, to whom the names Of wisdom, learning, are but empty sounds, Or arguments of laughter and of scorn; Who hate, avoid me; not from envy, no; For they do not esteem me better than Themselves, but fancy that I, in my heart, That feeling cherish; though I strive, indeed, No token of such feeling to display. – The Poems of Giacomo Leopardi by Giacomo Leopardi
  2. And the simple country bumpkins, standing in a grinning row like so many Old Aunt Sallys at a fair, pulled off their caps and bowed, thinking it some company of great lords, and fetched a clownish cheer as the players galloped by. – Master Skylark by John Bennett
  3. Richard is terribly clownish in appearance. – Our Bessie by Rosa Nouchette Carey