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A mischievous or impudent student who frequently disrupts the class with jokes, pranks, or wry comments as a means of drawing attention to him- or herself. Every teacher has to deal with class clowns eventually.
clown around (with someone)
Fig. to join with someone in acting silly; [for two or more people] to act silly together. The boys were clowning around with each other. The kids are having fun clowning around.
n. a fool. Tell that clown in the front row to shut up.
in. to act silly; to mess around. We were just clowning around. We didn’t mean to break anything.