1. A man of coarse nature and manners; an awkward fellow; an ill-bred person; a boor. Sir P. Sidney.
2. One who works upon the soil; a rustic; a churl.
The clown, the child of nature, without guile.
3. The fool or buffoon in a play, circus, etc.
The clown shall make those laugh whose lungs are tickle o'the sere.
(Clown), v. i. To act as a clown; with it. [Obs.]
Beshrew me, he clowns it properly indeed.
(Clown"age) n. Behavior or manners of a clown; clownery. [Obs.] B. Jonson.
(Clown"er*y) n. Clownishness. L'Estrange.
(Clown"ish), a. Of or resembling a clown, or characteristic of a clown; ungainly; awkward. "Clownish
hands." Spenser. "Clownish mimic." Prior.
Syn. Coarse; rough; clumsy; awkward; ungainly; rude; uncivil; ill-bred; boorish; rustic; untutored.
(Clown"ish*ness), n. The manners of a clown; coarseness or rudeness of behavior.
That plainness which the alamode people call clownishness.
(Cloy) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cloyed (kloid); p. pr. & vb. n. Cloying.] [OE. cloer to nail up, F. clouer,
fr. OF. clo nail, F. clou, fr. L. clavus nail. Cf. 3d Clove.]
1. To fill or choke up; to stop up; to clog. [Obs.]
The duke's purpose was to have cloyed the harbor by sinking ships, laden with stones.
2. To glut, or satisfy, as the appetite; to satiate; to fill to loathing; to surfeit.
[Who can] cloy the hungry edge of appetite
By bare imagination of a feast?
He sometimes cloys his readers instead of satisfying.
3. To penetrate or pierce; to wound.
Which, with his cruel tusk, him deadly cloyed.
He never shod horse but he cloyed him.
4. To spike, as a cannon. [Obs.] Johnson.
5. To stroke with a claw. [Obs.] Shak.
(Cloy"less), a. That does not cloy. Shak.
(Cloy"ment) n. Satiety. [Obs.] Shak.
(Club) n. [Cf. Icel. klubba, klumba, club, klumbufoir a clubfoot, SW. klubba club, Dan. klump
lump, klub a club, G. klumpen clump, kolben club, and E. clump.]