zany

[ zey-nee ]
/ ˈzeɪ ni /
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adjective, za·ni·er, za·ni·est.

ludicrously or whimsically comical; clownish.

noun, plural za·nies.


Nearby words

  1. zanthoxylum,
  2. zanu,
  3. zanu pf,
  4. zanuck,
  5. zanuck, darryl francis,
  6. zanzibar,
  7. zanzibari,
  8. zap,
  9. zap out,
  10. zapata

Origin of zany

1560–70; (< Middle French) < Italian zan(n)i (later zanno) a servant character in the commedia dell’arte, perhaps orig. the character's name, the Upper Italian form of Tuscan Gianni, for Giovanni John

SYNONYMS FOR zany
Related formsza·ni·ly, adverbza·ni·ness, za·ny·ism, nounza·ny·ish, adjective

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zany

/ (ˈzeɪnɪ) /

adjective -nier or -niest

comical in an endearing way; imaginatively funny or comical, esp in behaviour

noun plural -nies

a clown or buffoon, esp one in old comedies who imitated other performers with ludicrous effect
a ludicrous or foolish person
Derived Formszanily, adverbzaniness, nounzanyism, noun

Word Origin for zany

C16: from Italian zanni, from dialect (Venice and Lombardy) Zanni, nickname for Giovanni John; one of the traditional names for a clown

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