adjective, za·ni·er, za·ni·est.
noun, plural za·nies.
Origin of zany
Synonyms for zany
Related Words for zaninessmadness, silliness, absurdity, nonsense, insanity, idiocy, lunacy, nuttiness, jocularity, funniness, jocosity, wit, comedy, drollery, wittiness, senselessness, imbecility, tomfoolery, foolery, flakiness
Examples from the Web for zaniness
Contemporary Examples of zaniness
Gingrich Restrains His Zaniness Newt confesses that he's been editing his words in an effort not to appear to be "zany."Fox News Iowa Debate Best Moments (Video)
The Daily Beast Video
December 16, 2011
But whatever her professions of zaniness, lately Barrymore has seemed awfully grown up.Roller Girl
October 1, 2009
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.