zaniness


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
References in periodicals archive ?
And how all this zaniness can convey such a thoughtful analysis of religious fanaticism is part of the novel's spell.
In fairness though, at least the Chuckle Brothers know their target audience, whereas some genius decided Suntrap's gurning, strained attempts at zaniness would be best suited to quarter to 11 at night.
In fairness though, at least the Chuckle Brothers knew their target audience, whereas some genius decided Suntrap's gurning, strained attempts at zaniness would be best suited to quarter to 11 at night.
His ability to connect with kids, combined with the perfect amount of zaniness, makes him the ideal choice to star in our campaign to position Kids Foot Locker as the best destination for the freshest kids gear.
There's a real feeling of zaniness and wackiness about the whole thing.
KiKi, aka 'The TNT Show', is the first of the two acts featured at the event, and stars Mr Vita, a real-life cartoon character full of zaniness, impressive juggling and his latest invention 'la bomba'.
Guardians of the Galaxy" has wit, energy and zaniness to spare.
What It's Like to Be a New Parent in Lebanon (Or: Why I'm Leaving) Before marriage and even children, Lebanon is awesome with its unpredictability and zaniness.
Blend all this zaniness with emotional reflections as Rollo strives to reconcile differences between many different factions (not the least of which is his girlfriends) and you have a blend of action, drama, humor, and laugh-out-loud reflections revolving around the male ego and its responses: "As far as my fragile sense of honor was concerned, Farnsworth was my client in all this.
Since all of my sisters, especially the youngest, Kristen, inherited our mom's love of zaniness, our session seesawed between the serious and the silly.
However, their rat-a-tat zaniness is a function of the genre, evidenced by virtually everyone in a screwball movie.
Familiarity aside, the film isn't funny with the gags and forced zaniness teeth-gnashingly awful.