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Clown. n.s. [imagined by Skinner and Junius to be contracted from colonus. It seems rather a Saxon word, corrupted from lown; loen, Dut. a word nearly of the same import.]

  1. A rustick; a country fellow; a churl.

    He came out with all his clowns, horst upon cart-jades. Sidney, b. ii.

    The clowns, a boist'rous, rude, ungovern'd crew,
    With furious haste to the loud summons flew.
    Dryden's Æn.

  2. A coarse ill-bred man.

    In youth a coxcomb, and in age a clown. Spectator.

    A country squire, represented with no other vice but that of being a clown, and having the provincial accent. Swift.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Dryden, John (788) · Junius, Francis (23) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Skinner, Stephen (55) · Spectator (140) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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