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zany

Saltos de línea: zany
Pronunciación: /ˈzeɪni
 
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Definición de zany en inglés:

adjetivo (zanier, zaniest)

Amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic: his zany humour
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • 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.
Sinónimos
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

sustantivo

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1A zany person.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origen

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.

More
  • Zany was the name of one of the servants in the improvized Italian theatre, the commedia dell'arte, popular from the 16th to 18th centuries. The word is a Venetian form of Gianni, which itself is short for Giovanni. In its earliest uses in English a zany was a comic performer who imitated the actions of a clown or acrobat, and zany described his behaviour. See also pantaloons

Derivados

zanily

1
adverbio

zaniness

2
sustantivo
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with zany

Bahraini, brainy, Chaney, Eugénie, grainy, Janey, Khomeini, rainy, veiny, waney

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