how to say “clown” in Hebrew

לֵיצָן

Since the recent cinematic version of Stephen King’s It has turned clowns into objects of fear, I feel it is my duty to bring back the genuine smile to the clown experience by teaching you the Hebrew word for it – ליצן – and linking you to a favorite Israeli children’s song featuring the word.

If you nevertheless wish to use ליצן with a critical connotation, here’s an example for you:

אתה מתנהג כמו ליצן.

You’re acting like a clown. (to a male)

ליצן first appears in the Jerusalem Talmud.

Though ליצנית refers to a female clown, you’re more likely to hear about female clowns referred to as simply ליצן. A medical clown is ליצן רפואי .

After having studied literature and linguistics on the bachelors level and psychology on the masters, Ami decided to draw upon his hobby of learning languages, his understanding of human thought processes and his skill of explaining complex ideas in simple terms, to found a program that enables people to speak Hebrew with confidence.

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