Zany Definition

zānē
zanier, zanies, zaniest
adjective
zanier, zaniest
Of or characteristic of a zany.
Webster's New World
The definition of zany is something or someone silly or unusual.
A person who is odd and who doesn't fit the normal mold is an example of someone who would be described as zany.
YourDictionary
Antonyms:
noun
zanies
A clown or buffoon; specif., a former stock character in comedies who clownishly aped the principal actors.
Webster's New World
A silly or foolish person; simpleton.
Webster's New World
Alexander Pope.
Preacher at once, and zany of thy age.
Wiktionary
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.
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Other Word Forms of Zany

Noun

Singular:
zany
Plural:
zanies

Adjective

Base Form:
zany
Comparative:
zanier
Superlative:
zaniest

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.

    From Wiktionary

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