adjective, za·ni·er, za·ni·est.
noun, plural za·nies.
Origin of zany
Synonyms for zany
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.