Definition of zany in English:

zany

Syllabification: za·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈzānē
 
/

adjective (zanier, zaniest)

noun

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  • 1An erratic or eccentric person.
    More 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.

Derivatives

zanily

adverb

zaniness

noun
More 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.

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.

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