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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
References in classic literature ?
Oh, you selfish young zany of a man, after all you have said to her, won't you make it up and let me return to my coffee?
The zany was progenitor to the specialist in humor, as
Ten Zany Birds" is a lavishly colorful number songbook featuring imaginary birds of fantastic rainbow hues, beautifully portrayed in bright water color pages of illustrations.
Uncle John's Weird Weird World comes in an oversized hardcover presentation and packs in fun facts and zany information on everything from exploding toilets and 'Screaming Memmies' to camel-wrestling, Grade-B movies, and more.
One day when Giggles and Zany were about five months old, I was in the garden working.
Our favorite nudist Chester is back with more humorous renderings of his life, family and friends, and the zany situations he manages to get himself into.
Animated e-Card Site Using Feature Film Quality Animation and Introducing Zany, an Animated Character With Irresistible Appeal
Did you know Bob Zany is going to be at the Hult Center today, bay-bee
It's up to her smelly dog Dirk to connect the missing nose with its owner in this zany tale.
High heels with training wheels, an automatic chew counter, and a kissing coffee cup are probably not the most bizarre and zany inventions described in this humorous book, written by the inventor of Chindogu, the Japanese art of the useless.
Staged with commedia dell'arte masks and white-face makeup, but with modern references spiking the action in the cheekiest of ways, this ``Tartuffe'' quickly shifts into zany overdrive and never stops.
Michael Redclift's Chewing Gum: The Fortunes Of Taste holds plenty of insights into advertising and marketing an innovative new product, telling a zany story based on a scheme hatched by Chicago's Wrigley brother--and social theory scholar Michael Redclift proves the perfect person to bring this tale to life.