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.]
- 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.
- 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.