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Clownish

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Clównish. adj. [from clown.]

  1. Consisting of rusticks or clowns.

    Young Silvia beats her breast, and cries aloud
    For succour from the clownish neighbourhood.
    Dryd. Æn.

  2. Coarse; rough; rugged.

    But with his clownish hands their tender wings
    He brushed off.
    Spenser's Fairy Queen, b. i. cant. i.

  3. Uncivil; ill-bred; ill-mannered.

                What if we essay'd to steal
    The clownish fool out of your father's court.
    Shakespeare.

  4. Clumsly; ungainly.

    With a grave look, in this odd equipage,
    The clownish mimick traverses the stage.
    Prior.

Sources: Shakespeare's As You Like It (40) · Dryden, John (782) · Prior, Matthew (156) · Spenser, Edmund (253)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Clownish." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: March 5, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=6484.



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