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zany

[ zey-nee ]
/ 藞ze瑟 ni /
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adjective, za路ni路er, za路ni路est.
ludicrously or whimsically comical; clownish.
noun, plural za路nies.
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Origin of zany

1560鈥70; (<Middle French ) <Italian zan(n)i (later zanno) a servant character in the commedia dell鈥檃rte, perhaps originally the character's name, the Upper Italian form of Tuscan Gianni, for Giovanni John

OTHER WORDS FROM zany

za路ni路ly, adverbza路ni路ness, za路ny路ism, nounza路ny路ish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for zany

zany
/ (藞ze瑟n瑟) /

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 forms of zany

zanily, 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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