clowning


Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

clown·ing

 (klou′nĭng)
n.

[So called because some krumpers wear clown makeup and attire while performing.]

clowning

(ˈklaʊnɪŋ)
n
clownish behaviour
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clowning - acting like a clown or buffoonclowning - acting like a clown or buffoon  
foolery, tomfoolery, lunacy, craziness, folly, indulgence - foolish or senseless behavior
schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik - (Yiddish) a prank or piece of clowning; "his shtik made us laugh"
2.clowning - a comic incident or series of incidents
fun, sport, play - verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); "he became a figure of fun"; "he said it in sport"
Translations

clowning

[ˈklaʊnɪŋ] Npayasadas fpl

clowning

[ˈklaʊnɪŋ] n (= fooling around) → pitreries fpl

clowning

[ˈklaʊnɪŋ] npagliacciate fpl, buffonate fpl
References in periodicals archive ?
There are those who subscribe to the 'You've got to know your inner clown' school of clowning," she said.
And the Darlington entertainer fears for the future of clowning.
Clowning as Social Performance in Colombia: Ridicule and Resistance
Traditional clowning is more pantomime, more reminiscent of the type of performance silent movie star Charlie Chaplin made famous.
If they do that, they can leave their footprint in the sands of clowning industry for elevating banter to a new constructive level; there is no better time to achieve that goal than the time of Halloween.
We try not to focus on the negatives but try to provide a positive image of clowning.
Nevertheless, police across the country have been moved to issue "stop clowning around" edicts.
Kyle Mark Rochell added: "Wish they would stop clowning around.
IN A New Zealand first, The Selwyn Foundation has introduced a programme of medical clowning across its residential aged-care facilities in Auckland, Hamilton and Whangarei, following an agreement with Clown Doctors New Zealand Charitable Trust.
Big Apple Circus was honored at this year's Healthcare Clowning International Meeting for creating the professional genre of Healthcare Clowning with the prolific Clown Care[R] program, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Tony Eldridge, secretary of clowns International, said: "The clowning profession can do without stupid people who don't understand the profession and appreciate it is a performing art and not a spontaneous jolly jape.
Part of the "Notable Missourians" series, Emmett Kelly: The Greatest Clown on Earth is a biography written for preteens and young adults, about an entertainer who transformed the art of clowning.