Clownish Clown"ish, a. Of or resembling a clown, or characteristic of a clown; ungainly; awkward. ``Clownish hands.'' --Spenser. ``Clownish mimic.'' --Prior. -- {Clown"ish*ly}, adv.

Syn: Coarse; rough; clumsy; awkward; ungainly; rude; uncivil; ill-bred; boorish; rustic; untutored. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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