A zany couple.
A person who is odd and who doesn't fit the normal mold is an example of someone who would be described as zany.
- a clown or buffoon; specif., a former stock character in comedies who clownishly aped the principal actors
- a silly or foolish person; simpleton
Origin of zanyFrench zani from Italian dialect, dialectal (Venetian) zani, zanni, a zany, clown, origin, originally a familiar abbreviation, abbreviated pronunciation of Giovanni, John
- comical in an extravagantly ludicrous or slapstick manner
- foolish or crazy
- A comical person given to extravagant or outlandish behavior.
- A ludicrous, buffoonish character in old comedies who attempts feebly to mimic the tricks of the clown.
Origin of zanyFrench 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
(comparative zanier, superlative zaniest)
- Alexander Pope
- Preacher at once, and zany of thy age.
- 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
- So there he caught me lying like a zany on the ground. You may guess I stood at attention soon enough, but told him I was looking at the founds to see if they wanted underpinning from the floods.
From Italian zanni (a kind of masked clown character), itself (when capitalized) a dialectal form of Giovanni.