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Clowning   /klˈaʊnɪŋ/   Listen

Acting like a clown or buffoon.  Synonyms: buffoonery, frivolity, harlequinade, japery, prank.
A comic incident or series of incidents.  Synonyms: comedy, drollery, funniness.

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"Clowning" Quotes from Famous Books

... "Stop clowning," Fromer snapped, "you guys better find a way to fix this damn door or you'll have a galactic war on your hands. ...
— No Moving Parts • Murray F. Yaco

... entertainment that we now know by the name of vaudeville may be called, the very essence of its being is variety. "Topical songs"—we call their descendants "popular songs"—classic ballads, short concerts given on all sorts of instruments, juggling, legerdermain, clowning, feats of balancing, all the departments of dancing and of acrobatic work, musical comedy, pantomime, and all the other hundred-and-one things that may be turned into an amusing ten or twenty minutes, ...
— Writing for Vaudeville • Brett Page

... even if it was manifested when he was not on the stage. He distended his part out of all reasonable semblance, and to the practical annihilation of the plot, by the injection into it of musty vaudeville specialties of his, which he assured the weak-kneed management were knock-outs. And his clowning and mugging made it impossible to play a legitimate scene with him, with ...
— The Real Adventure • Henry Kitchell Webster

... doors, and reappeared nine times as four fresh thieves until the tale of forty was complete. And then old Hammerad, the beloved clown who played the drum (and whose wife kept a barber's shop in Buck Row and shaved for a penny), left his drum and did two minutes' stiff clowning, and then the orchestra burst forth again, and the brazen voice of old Snaggs (in his moleskin waistcoat) easily rode the storm, adjuring the folk to walk up and walk up: which some of the folk did do. And lastly the band played "God Save the Queen," ...
— Clayhanger • Arnold Bennett

Words linked to "Clowning" :   foolery, sport, clown, indulgence, fun, lunacy, tomfoolery, shtik, shtick, schtik, play, folly, schtick, craziness

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