One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Characteristic of or resembling a clown, especially in being foolish, playful, or humorously exaggerated.‘clownish antics’‘they only manage to look clumsy and clownish’
- ‘In the dream, you prefer this way of dressing, but perhaps it is time to lighten up a bit, put on a costume, and enjoy some clownish fun.’
- ‘A passionate leap across a sofa back to reach a beloved becomes a clownish somersault along the entire length of the couch.’
- ‘Some characters are portrayed as clownish or pathetic, yet its main characters are actually quite conventional in style and dress.’
- ‘Instead of oddly cheery or mildly clownish weathermen, they offered unapologetic scientists who explained the weather in glorious detail.’
- ‘Others are cast as caricatures representative of different sections of society: the reserved broker, the clownish sports fanatic, and the vicious racist.’
- ‘The cover shows a man in a white suit with a ridiculous polka-dotted tie, even more absurd spotted socks, and clownish white and black shoes.’
- ‘The dance floor is crowded with performers who are preening either with feminine realness or clownish flamboyance.’
- ‘The way he sped up, as if no one would notice, was a beautifully stupid clownish moment.’
- ‘They risked their lives to present these theater shows, disguising their political commentary behind clownish puppets.’
- ‘They try to get the public to dress up in the most clownish clothes possible while paying the fashion industry good money to look like a doofus.’
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