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za·ny

 (zā′nē)
adj. za·ni·er, za·ni·est
Comical or ludicrous because of incongruity or strangeness.
n. pl. za·nies
1. A comical person given to extravagant or outlandish behavior.
2. A ludicrous, buffoonish character in old comedies who attempts feebly to mimic the tricks of the clown.

[French zani, from Italian dialectal zanni, from Zanni, variant of Italian Gianni, nickname for Giovanni, John, the name of servants who act as clowns in commedia dell'arte.]

za′ni·ly adv.
za′ni·ness n.

zany

(ˈzeɪnɪ)
adj, -nier or -niest
comical in an endearing way; imaginatively funny or comical, esp in behaviour
n, pl -nies
1. (Theatre) a clown or buffoon, esp one in old comedies who imitated other performers with ludicrous effect
2. a ludicrous or foolish person
[C16: from Italian zanni, from dialect (Venice and Lombardy) Zanni, nickname for Giovanni John; one of the traditional names for a clown]
ˈzanily adv
ˈzaniness n
ˈzanyism n

za•ny

(ˈzeɪ ni)

adj. -ni•er, -ni•est, adj.
1. absurdly or whimsically comical: a zany comedian.
n.
2. a comically wild or eccentric person.
3. a secondary character in old comedies, usu. a bungling imitator, derived from the male servant figures of commedia dell'arte.
4. a buffoon; clown.
[1560–70; (< Middle French) < Italian zan(n)i a servant character in the commedia dell'arte, perhaps orig. the character's name, Gianni, for Giovanni John]
za′ni•ly, adv.
za′ni•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zany - a buffoon in one of the old comedieszany - a buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect
merry andrew, buffoon, clown, goof, goofball - a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior
2.zany - a man who is a stupid incompetent foolzany - a man who is a stupid incompetent fool
fool, muggins, saphead, tomfool, sap - a person who lacks good judgment
Adj.1.zany - ludicrous, foolish; "gave me a cockamamie reason for not going"; "wore a goofy hat"; "a silly idea"; "some wacky plan for selling more books"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
foolish - devoid of good sense or judgment; "foolish remarks"; "a foolish decision"
2.zany - like a clownzany - like a clown; "a buffoonish walk"; "a clownish face"; "a zany sense of humor"
humorous, humourous - full of or characterized by humor; "humorous stories"; "humorous cartoons"; "in a humorous vein"

zany

adjective comical, crazy, nutty (slang), funny, eccentric, wacky (slang), loony (slang), oddball (informal), madcap, goofy (informal), kooky (U.S. informal), out there (slang), clownish, wacko or whacko (informal) the zany humour of the Marx Brothers

zany

noun
A person whose words or actions provoke or are intended to provoke amusement or laughter:
Informal: card.
adjective
Translations
bláznivý

zany

[ˈzeɪnɪ] ADJ (zanier (compar) (zaniest (superl))) → estrafalario, surrealista

zany

[ˈzeɪni] adjfarfelu(e), loufoque

zany

adj (+er) (= crazy, funny)verrückt; person alsoirrsinnig komisch
n (Theat Hist) → Narr m, → Hanswurst m

zany

[ˈzeɪnɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (fam) → pazzoide, un po' pazzo/a
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The Wells Street Zanies turns 40 this year, making it Chicago's longest-running comedy club.