adjective, za·ni·er, za·ni·est.
noun, plural za·nies.
Origin of zany
Synonyms for zany
Examples from the Web for zany
Contemporary Examples of zany
A remembrance of the zany, ad-libbing actor who made us laugh and cry.Robin Williams, Hollywood’s Grand Jester, Is Dead at 63
August 12, 2014
The proliferation of zany burger toppings came next as an inevitable by-product of the high-end burger fad.Have We Reached ‘Peak Burger’? The Crazy Fetishization of Our Most Basic Comfort Food
July 31, 2014
It was the zany TV interview he conducted with Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS-TV that made him an instant viral celebrity.Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker, Viral Star, Now an Alleged Killer
May 17, 2013
Look at her zany appearance with Dave Letterman about tweeting on Ambien for proof of that.Kristin Chenoweth on Her Darker Role in ‘Family Weekend’
March 27, 2013
Aside from the zany plot, the film stretches the bounds of realism thanks to its bloody zombie kills.The Anti-‘Zero Dark Thirty:’ The Osama bin Laden-Meets-Zombies Movie
December 14, 2012
Historical Examples of zany
The zany was progenitor to the specialist in humor, as we to-day have the unhappiness to know him.
In the zany we see an example of creation; in the humorist, of transmission.
They sometimes acted the part of a fool or zany (morio), or of a madman.A History of Caricature and Grotesque
The explanation of it was that the Shawanoe was a zany or lunatic.Blazing Arrow
Edward S. Ellis
Boswell's Tour of the Hebrides was "the story of a mountebank and his zany."
adjective -nier or -niest
noun plural -nies
Word Origin for zany
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.
1869, from zany (n.). Related: Zanily; zaniness.