Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect
  2. (noun, person) a man who is a stupid incompetent fool
  3. (adj, all) ludicrous, foolish
    wore a goofy hat
    a silly idea
    some wacky plan for selling more books
  4. (adj, all) like a clown
    a clownish face
    a zany sense of humor

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Alternate forms of Zany

Derivations: zany

Hypernyms: buffoon, clown, fool, goof, goofball, merry andrew, muggins, sap, saphead, tomfool

Origin of the word Zany

  1. comic performer, 1588, from Fr. zani, from It. zani, zanni "a zany, clown," originally Zanni, Venetian dial. variant of Gianni, pet form of Giovanni "John." A stock character in old comedies, he aped the principal actors. The adj. is attested by 1869, from the noun. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Zany

zama, zaman, zamia, zayin, zeeman, zen, zeno, zeugma, zinnemann, zinnia, zion, zizania, zn, zona, zone, zoom, zoom in, zucchini, zuni, zygnema, zygoma

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