clown

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Synonyms for clown

play the fool

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Synonyms for clown

a person whose words or actions provoke or are intended to provoke amusement or laughter

to make jokes; behave playfully

Synonyms for clown

a rude or vulgar fool

a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior

act as or like a clown

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He, too, sang well, but didn't bring out the character's combination of clownishness and inner strength too well, centering moreon the former.
And Rob Schneider's cameo as a Japanese wedding chapel minister sets racial relations back at least 36 years, to when Mickey Rooney's clownishness in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" went way too over the top.
Even more harshly--although eloquently--Laurence Enjolras insists, "we do not confront human beings; we encounter monsters who assail us either with their defects, with their impairments, or with their clownishness, caught as they are--fierce, violent, pathetic creatures--in the gruesome show of the puppet life through which they totter" (7).
The child, when quintessentially childlike, was pre-social and pre-linguistic (and there is no difference in the poems above between the little girl and the little boy); the child resembled Wordsworth's peasants before external conditions desolated them or age turned their simplicity into clownishness.
The story "contains, like all of Shakespeare's plays, the full range of emotions, from the clownishness of the mechanicals to the great anger and passion of the lovers.