adjective, za·ni·er, za·ni·est.
noun, plural za·nies.
Origin of zany
Synonyms for zany
Related Words for zanierkooky, eccentric, wacky, madcap, goofy, sappy, loony, comical, campy, fool, camp, screwball, idiot, nut, jester, clown, wag, joker, moron, comedian
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Contemporary Examples of zanier
The stand-up stage is a place where comics can be zanier and more outlandish versions of themselves.What Women Comedians Want: Yael Kohen’s ‘We Killed’
October 14, 2012
adjective -nier or -niest
noun plural -nies
Word Origin for zany
1869, from zany (n.). Related: Zanily; zaniness.
comic performer, 1580s, from French zani, from Italian zani, zanni "a zany, clown," originally Zanni, Venetian dialect variant of Gianni, pet form of Giovanni "John." A stock character in old comedies, he aped the principal actors.