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"
Comical in a clownish or buffoonish manner; whimsically comical.
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
Origin: [It. zanni a buffoon, merry-andrew, orig. same as Giovanni John, i. e., merry John, L. Ioannes, Gr. , Heb. Ykhnn, prop., the Lord graciously gave: cf. F. zani, fr. the Italian. Cf. Jenneting.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
zā′ni, n. a merry-andrew: a buffoon.—v.t. to play the zany to.—n. Zā′nyism, condition or habits of a buffoon. [Fr. zani—It. zani, a corr. of Giovanni, John. Cf. the similar use of the names John and Jack.]
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The numerical value of Zany in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of Zany in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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He is clearly the man of the hour from a buzz standpoint, i think with one or two exceptions, the goal of the others is to get him to go from zany to crazy, to self-immolate.
Yeah, if it’s a great story definitely. Kids love it. I hear some 3 or 4 year old kids who can’t speak in complete sentences and they love to talk about Scooby-Doo. It’s fun. It’s really a great character. There’s not a lot of broad, young and smart, crazy, zany characters that you get to play like this. (Cinema Confidential; March 23, 2004)
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- حمقاء, أحمقArabic
- durchgeknallt, verrücktGerman
- alocado, chiflado, disparatadoSpanish
- gealtach, craiceáilteIrish
- сумасше́дший, заба́вный, фигля́рский, прико́льный, кло́унский, смешно́й, коми́ческий, идио́тский, чумово́й, поте́шныйRussian
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