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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.]
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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||zany - a buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect|
|2.||zany - a man who is a stupid incompetent fool|
|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 clown; "a buffoonish walk"; "a clownish face"; "a zany sense of humor"|