What is another word for clowning?

Pronunciation: [klˈa͡ʊnɪŋ] (IPA)

Clowning, which refers to the act of performing as a clown or engaging in playful or silly behavior, has a variety of synonyms. One such synonym is buffoonery, which suggests foolish or absurd behavior. Tomfoolery is another term that conveys a sense of playful or mischief-making antics. Mummery is a less common word that describes the performance of silly or pointless actions, while zaniness implies an element of craziness or wackiness to one's behavior. Other possible synonyms for clowning might include jester-like behavior, slapstick antics, and capering. Regardless of the word used, all of these synonyms speak to the lighthearted and playful nature of clowning.

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    • Noun, singular or mass
      clown.

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Usage examples for Clowning

"But he makes all that clowning of his so important-it has become so big a feature of the piece that any friends of yours coming to see the little opera might very naturally say, 'Oh, is this the kind of thing he figures in?
"Prince Fortunatus"
William Black
Never in her life had she seen such a mirth-provoking, side-splitting piece of clowning.
"The Song of Songs"
Hermann Sudermann
I do not know that I would have exposed this impostor, even if occasion had offered, for, after all, his fraud was a tribute to our own primacy in clowning, and the Veronese were none the worse for his erring aspirates.
"Short Stories and Essays From "Literature and Life""
William Dean Howells

Famous quotes with Clowning

  • I was always one who was clowning around in school and getting in trouble.
    David Boreanaz
  • I am always joking and always clowning, giving and helping.
    Red Buttons
  • I started getting on my feet and clowning around, and they ended up putting me in a play when I was 12. And I was hooked.
    Tim Robbins
  • Plus, you know, when I was young, there was a lot of respect for clowning in rock music - look at Little Richard. It was a part of the whole thing, and I always also believed that it released the audience.
    Bruce Springsteen
  • He explained how ridiculous the clowning was, and there and then I decided to settle down and play seriously.
    Mary Lou Williams

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