Definitions for Zanyˈzeɪ ni
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
za•nyˈzeɪ ni(adj.)-ni•er, -ni•est
(adj.)absurdly or whimsically comical:
a zany comedian.
(n.)a comically wild or eccentric person.
a secondary character in old comedies, usu. a bungling imitator, derived from the male servant figures of commedia dell'arte.
Category: Showbiz, Literature
a buffoon; clown.
Origin of zany:
1560–70; (< MF) < It zan(n)i a servant character in the commedia dell'arte, perh. orig. the character's name, Gianni, for Giovanni John
a buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect
fathead, goof, goofball, bozo, jackass, goose, cuckoo, twat, zany(adj)
a man who is a stupid incompetent fool
cockamamie, cockamamy, goofy, sappy, silly, wacky, whacky, zany(adj)
"gave me a cockamamie reason for not going"; "wore a goofy hat"; "a silly idea"; "some wacky plan for selling more books"
buffoonish, clownish, clownlike, zany(adj)
like a clown
"a buffoonish walk"; "a clownish face"; "a zany sense of humor"
A fool or clown.
ludicrously or incongruously comical
Origin: From zanni (a kind of masked clown character), itself (when capitalized) a dialectal form of Giovanni.
a merry-andrew; a buffoon
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