- ludicrously or whimsically comical; clownish.
- one who plays the clown or fool in order to amuse others.
- a comically wild or eccentric person.
- a secondary stock character in old comedies who mimicked his master.
- a professional buffoon; clown.
- a silly person; simpleton.
- a slavish attendant or follower.
Origin of zany
Related Wordskooky, eccentric, wacky, madcap, goofy, sappy, loony, comical, campy, fool, camp, screwball, idiot, nut, jester, clown, wag, joker, moron, comedian
Examples from the Web for 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
- comical in an endearing way; imaginatively funny or comical, esp in behaviour
- a clown or buffoon, esp one in old comedies who imitated other performers with ludicrous effect
- a ludicrous or foolish person
Word Origin and History for zanier
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.