What does Zany mean?

Definitions for Zanyˈzeɪ ni

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Zany.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. zany(noun)

    a buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect

  2. fathead, goof, goofball, bozo, jackass, goose, cuckoo, twat, zany(adj)

    a man who is a stupid incompetent fool

  3. cockamamie, cockamamy, goofy, sappy, silly, wacky, whacky, zany(adj)

    ludicrous, foolish

    "gave me a cockamamie reason for not going"; "wore a goofy hat"; "a silly idea"; "some wacky plan for selling more books"

  4. buffoonish, clownish, clownlike, zany(adj)

    like a clown

    "a buffoonish walk"; "a clownish face"; "a zany sense of humor"


  1. zany(adj.)

    Comical in a clownish or buffoonish manner; whimsically comical.


  1. zany(Noun)

    A fool or clown.

  2. zany(Adjective)

    ludicrously or incongruously comical

  3. zany(Adjective)

    bizarre, clownish

  4. Origin: From zanni (a kind of masked clown character), itself (when capitalized) a dialectal form of Giovanni.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Zany(noun)

    a merry-andrew; a buffoon

  2. Zany(verb)

    to mimic

  3. 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

  1. Zany

    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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Zany in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Zany in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Steve Deace:

    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.

  2. Linda Cardellini:

    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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Translations for Zany

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • حمقاء, أحمق, مهرجArabic
  • bláznivýCzech
  • durchgeknallt, verrücktGerman
  • alocado, chiflado, disparatadoSpanish
  • hullunkurinenFinnish
  • loufoqueFrench
  • gealtach, craiceáilteIrish
  • demenzialeItalian
  • ellevillNorwegian
  • сумасше́дший, заба́вный, фигля́рский, прико́льный, кло́унский, смешно́й, коми́ческий, идио́тский, чумово́й, поте́шныйRussian
  • அறிவிலிTamil

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