1. (US black) to ridicule, to humiliate.
|Street Talk 2 51: ‘Why are you clownin’?’ – ‘Why are you belittling me?’.|
|‘976-Bun B’ [lyrics] I clown on hoes to leave their pussyhole frownin.|
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] clown Definition: 1. to get played 2. to play someone. Example: The pimp gots clowned by that crackers ass cop.|
|Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry [Internet] clownin’ v. to make fun of someone. ‘Man, you tryin to clown on me?’.|
|? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] Just go at him and clown him about me takin’ his whip. A’ight?|
2. to defeat in a humiliating manner.
|Campus Sl. Nov. 2: clown – defeat to the point of embarrassment: We got clowned by Maryland.|
to play the fool.
|Pleasure Man (1997) Act I: I’ll run the whole gang of you off the stage if you don’t cut out your clowning.|
|‘Winter Kill’ in Goulart (1967) 135: ‘You’ll never get to be President doing this, Jerry.’ ‘You will clown won’t you?’.|
|‘Don’t Give Your Right Name’ in Goulart (1967) 19: Let’s not clown around.|
|Never Come Morning (1988) 174: You’re gettin’ two warm meals a day n’ liquor for gettin’ customers ’n bouncin’ drunks, not for clownin’ for the girls.|
|All These Condemned (2001) 133: I got up and clowned it, doing my Kid Jonah, the Boston Butcher Boy.|
|Killer’s Wedge (1981) 81: Had the loot meant something? Or was he just clowning around?|
|Inside Daisy Clover (1966) 173: Is it just someone called Daisy Clover who sings and clowns around and makes a lot of money?|
|Dear ‘Herm’ 14: So please, old buddy, cut the clowning around.|
|Shatterday (1982) 177: Okay, take it easy. I’m just clowning.All the Lies in|
|Guardian G2 23 Aug. 4: Frank Bruno is clowning about.|
|Guardian Guide 1–6 Jan. 11: Everybody’s screaming and clowning around and all that stuff.|