Definition of zany in English:

zany

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Pronunciation: /ˈzeɪni
 
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adjective (zanier, zaniest)

Amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic: his zany humour
More example sentences
  • His zany humour took comedy to new heights of absurdity.
  • We both liked making costumes and had a similarly zany sense of humour.
  • For those with a zany sense of humor, the adventures of Lieutenant Frank Drebin were a laugh riot from beginning to end.
Synonyms
eccentric, bizarre, weird, peculiar, odd, quirky, avant-garde, unconventional, off-centre, strange, outlandish, ridiculous, ludicrous; mad, insane, crazy, absurd, comic, comical, clownish, farcical, madcap, silly, light-hearted, funny, amusing, chucklesome, diverting, waggish, hilarious
informal wacky, screwy, nutty, nuts, crackpot, cracked, oddball, cranky, kinky, off the wall, way out, dippy, cuckoo
British informal daft
North American informal kooky, wacko, in left field
Australian/New Zealand informal , dated dilly

noun

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1A zany person.
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  • We are looking for the zany, the serious, the artistic and ridiculous.
  • I love students, what a zany, crazy bunch they are.
1.1 historical A comic performer partnering a clown, whom he imitated in an amusing way.

Origin

late 16th century: from French zani or Italian zan(n)i, Venetian form of Gianni, Giovanni 'John', stock name of the servants acting as clowns in the commedia dell'arte.

Derivatives

zanily

adverb

zaniness

noun
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  • It often thinks wackiness or zaniness is a virtue.
  • Surely this is British zaniness at its very best.
  • While rumors of alcoholism and overall zaniness have circulated in the press, I think this just adds to Lula's mystique.

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