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zany (n.)

comic performer, 1580s, from French zani, from Italian zani, zanni "a zany, clown," originally Zanni, Venetian dialect variant of Gianni, pet form of Giovanni "John;" thus equivalent to English Jack. A stock character in old comedies, he aped the principal actors.

zany (adj.)

1610s, from zany (n.). Related: Zanily; zaniness.

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Definitions of zany
1
zany (n.)
a buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect;
zany (n.)
a man who is a stupid incompetent fool;
Synonyms: fathead / goof / goofball / bozo / jackass / goose / cuckoo / twat
2
zany (adj.)
ludicrous, foolish;
Synonyms: goofy / silly / wacky / whacky
zany (adj.)
like a clown;
a zany sense of humor
Synonyms: buffoonish / clownish / clownlike
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