Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to peasants; rustic.
  • adj. Uncultured, boorish; rough, coarse.
  • adj. Like a circus clown; comical, ridiculous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or resembling a clown, or characteristic of a clown; ungainly; awkward.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or characteristic of clowns or rustics; like a clown; rude; coarse; awkward; ungainly.
  • Abounding in clowns; dull; stupid; uncultured; unrefined: as, “a clownish neighbourhood,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. like a clown

Etymologies

From clown +‎ -ish. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • but since the "literature" of the hack is so perverse and disturbing in its "message," the term clownish is too light and good natured to be appropriate.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Calling you clownish is called "descending to your opponent's level".

    Carry-Over Thread

  • November 13th, 2007 at 4: 49 pm stunney: Calling you clownish is called "descending to your opponent's level".

    Carry-Over Thread

  • His demeanour was so blunt as sometimes might be termed clownish, yet there was in his language and manner a force and energy corresponding to his character, which impressed awe, if it did not impose respect; and there were even times when that dark and subtle spirit expanded itself, so as almost to conciliate affection.

    Woodstock

  • An ailing mobster in a wheelchair and using an oxygen tank was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison for what a judge called a "clownish" murder-for-hire plot that was never carried out.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • Criticism as "grunt work" -- laboring on behalf of works of literature because they deserve intelligent analysis -- seems to me a perfectly respectable undertaking, especially when it's paired against the kind of clownish performances Anderson tries to defend.

    Book Reviewing

  • Big, white suit jacket with black pinstripes, baggy black pants with white pinstripes -- kind of clownish, but looking heavier and healthier than in his Sex Pistols days.

    Hey isn't that...?: Johnny Rotten

  • Its leader, the artist formerly known as Paris Lewis who now goes by the amusingly generic hyper-African moniker "Dr. Malik Zulu Shabazz," is the kind of clownish caricature Fox News loves to trot out at regular intervals.

    Chez Pazienza: Fox and the Hounding

  • He's kind of clownish, in fact, and has his own apprentice, a Las Vegas-style magician named Drake (Toby Kebbell).

    'Sorcerer's Apprentice' movie with Nic Cage, Jay Baruchel: It's far from magical

  • The intense definition of the character's menacing facial structure was never truly captured on film till TDK, often looking more "clownish" than intimidating, and never has the character been taken seriously, IMO.

    Amazing New Poster for The Dark Knight! « FirstShowing.net

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