Clown (n.) - It's a Clown World!🤡🌎
A performer who wears outlandish clothes and behaves like a buffoon to humorous effect.
History & Etymology
The origins of the word clown are shrouded in mystery. It’s possible that it comes from a Scandinavian dialect from words like, klunni, or kluns meaning “clumsy, or klutz.” Or because the word first seemed to mean “man of rustic or poor manners, or a peasant” it could be related to a word like, clod, as in dirt clod. But there really is no evidence either way.
The usage of the word clown to refer to performers in silly costumes dates all the way back to the 1600, and originally referred to a specific character, or a particular kind of character in what was called Commedia dell'arte or as it was called in England Harlequinade. These comedy routines usually revolved around two main characters, Harlequin and Clown.
The Harlequin character is usually a sly and clever, while the Clown character was usually bumbling and stupid. Eventually the clown character became a popular form of pantomime and slapstick humor by itself.
The modern clown was originally popularized as a form of entertainment during horse shows and equestrian events, between the actual performances. We still have these clowns to this day in the form of rodeo clowns.