Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The behaviour of a clown; clownishness, tomfoolery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Clownishness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition or character of a clown; ill-breeding; rustic behavior; rudeness of manners.
  • n. Clownish buffoonery, as in a pantomime.

Etymologies

clown +‎ -ery (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sexist remarks 23%, gross anti-leftist insults 19%, gaffes and clownery 19%, xenophobic cliches 15%, rampant egotism 12%, antisemitism 7%, blasphemy 2%, homophobia 1.5%.

    Hugh Muir's diary

  • I was, you know, getting in trouble for being funny and that was the first time that my class clownery was funneled in a positive direction and I think that's what 826 does.

    From Funnyman Judd Apatow, A Few Solid Laughs

  • There were six high schools and relentlessly foolish stunts and an attitude of indifference and clownery everywhere but the basketball court.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • I am ecstatic that anon 1:49 has lowered himself to save me from a lowly life of ass-clownery.

    BSNYC Friday Fund Quits!

  • Now back to my daily regiment of ass-clownery and foffing off.

    BSNYC Friday Fund Quits!

  • Doesn't Britain deserve better than that clownery?

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • In the spring, "Producers" star Nathan Lane tries the existential clownery of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," while Mr. Lane's "Producers" co-star Matthew Broderick tackles Christopher Hampton's academia-set comedy, "The Philanthropist."

    A Boldface-Name Season

  • I now desperately want to get buttons made up with the words “sloppy half-researched ass-clownery”.

    Gracias, extranjero amable

  • Lawyers believe that the court action looks more like a clownery rather than a real political event.

    Pravda.Ru

  • It's a shame our visitors and residents are witness to this display of jingoistic clownery that does not at all reflect the Australia I was born in and grew up in.

    The Age News Headlines

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  • Ophelia pain, ruzuzu.

    October 25, 2011

  • "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray,
    love, remember: and there is pansies. That's for thoughts."

    *makes sad face and squirts water from flower pinned to lapel*

    October 24, 2011

  • Get thee to a clownery.

    October 24, 2011