A person who is odd and who doesn't fit the normal mold is an example of someone who would be described as zany.
- Comical in an extravagantly ludicrous or slapstick manner.
- Foolish or crazy.
Preacher at once, and zany of thy age.
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.
Origin of zany
- 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
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Italian zanni (a kind of masked clown character), itself (when capitalized) a dialectal form of Giovanni.