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 for clown
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Clown \Clown\, v. i.
     To act as a clown; -- with it. [Obs.]
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           Beshrew me, he clowns it properly indeed. --B. Jonson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Clown \Clown\ (kloun), n. [Cf. Icel. klunni a clumsy, boorish
     fellow, North Fries. kl["o]nne clown, dial. Sw. klunn log,
     Dan. klunt log, block, and E. clump, n.]
     1. A man of coarse nature and manners; an awkward fellow; an
        ill-bred person; a boor. --Sir P. Sidney.
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     2. One who works upon the soil; a rustic; a churl.
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              The clown, the child of nature, without guile.
                                                    --Cowper.
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     3. The fool or buffoon in a play, circus, etc.
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              The clown shall make those laugh whose lungs are
              tickle o'the sere.                    --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  clown
      n 1: a rude or vulgar fool [syn: clown, buffoon]
      2: a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior [syn:
         clown, buffoon, goof, goofball, merry andrew]
      v 1: act as or like a clown [syn: clown, clown around,
           antic]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  166 Moby Thesaurus words for "clown":
     Babbitt, Columbine, Hanswurst, Harlequin, Pantalone, Pantaloon,
     Philistine, Polichinelle, Pulcinella, Punch, Punchinello,
     Scaramouch, acrobat, aerialist, apple knocker, arriviste, ass,
     banana, bareback rider, be foolish, be stupid, blockhead,
     blunderer, blunderhead, boor, born fool, botcher, bounder,
     bourgeois, bucolic, buffo, buffoon, bumbler, bumpkin, bungler,
     burlesquer, cad, caper, caricaturist, churl, circus artist, clod,
     clodhopper, clodknocker, clot, clown around, comedian, comic,
     country bumpkin, cut up, cutup, dolt, doodle, egregious ass,
     epicier, epigrammatist, equestrian director, equilibrist, farceur,
     farmer, figure of fun, flier, fool, fool around, frivol, fumbler,
     funnyman, gag writer, gagman, gagster, galoot, gawk, get funny,
     go haywire, gowk, groundling, guttersnipe, harlequin, hayseed,
     hick, high-wire artist, hillbilly, hooligan, horse around,
     humorist, ignoramus, ill-bred fellow, invite ridicule, ironist,
     jack-pudding, jackass, jerk, jester, joker, jokesmith, jokester,
     juggler, klutz, lampooner, lion tamer, looby, lout, low fellow,
     lubber, lummox, lunatic, madcap, merry-andrew, milksop, mime,
     mooncalf, motley, motley fool, mountebank, mucker, mummer,
     nouveau riche, oaf, ox, parodist, parvenu, peasant, perfect fool,
     pickle-herring, play the buffoon, play the fool, prankster,
     provincial, punner, punster, quipster, reparteeist, ribald,
     ringmaster, rough, roughneck, rowdy, rube, ruffian, rustic,
     satirist, schmuck, slack-rope artist, slouch, slubberer,
     snake charmer, softhead, sop, stupid ass, sword swallower,
     tightrope walker, tomfool, trapeze artist, trifle, tumbler,
     upstart, vulgarian, vulgarist, wag, wagwit, wisecracker, wit,
     witling, yahoo, yokel, zany
  
  

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