Synonyms of clown in English:

clown


See definition of clown

noun

1‘a circus clown’

SYNONYMS

comic entertainer, Pierrot, comedian

historical jester, fool, zany, harlequin, merry andrew, Punchinello

2‘I was always the class clown’

SYNONYMS

joker, comedian, comic, humorist, wag, wit, funny girl, funny man, funny woman, prankster, jester, jokester, buffoon, character

informal case, hoot, scream, laugh, kidder, wisecracker, riot, barrel of laughs

NZ Australian informal hard case

informal, dated card, caution

3‘the department is staffed with bureaucratic clowns’

SYNONYMS

fool, idiot, dolt, ass, nincompoop, blockhead, dunce, dunderhead, simpleton, ignoramus, donkey, jackass, dullard

bungler, blunderer, incompetent, bumbler, botcher, amateur

informal moron, clot, dope, mutt, chump, numbskull, twit, nitwit, halfwit, bonehead, fathead, birdbrain, twerp, berk, ninny

British informal bodger, prat, numpty, berk, nit

British vulgar slang knobhead


verb

1‘Harvey clowned around, pretending to be a dog’

SYNONYMS

fool about, fool around, play the fool, act foolishly, act the clown, act the fool, act the goat, play about, play around, monkey about, monkey around, play tricks, indulge in horseplay, engage in high jinks

joke, jest

informal mess about, mess around, lark, lark about, lark around, horse about, horse around

British informal muck about, muck around

North American informal cut up

British vulgar slang piss about, piss around, arse about, arse around, bugger about, bugger around

dated play the giddy goat