• IPA: /ˈzeɪni/

zany (comparative zanier, superlative zaniest)

  1. Unusual and awkward in a funny, comical manner; outlandish; clownish.
  2. Ludicrously or incongruously comical.
Synonyms Translations Noun

zany (plural zanies)

  1. (obsolete) A fool or clown, especially one whose business on the stage is to imitate foolishly the actions of the principal clown.
    • Then write that I may follow, and so be / Thy echo, thy debtor, thy foil, thy zany.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      So there he caught me lying like a zany on the ground. You may guess I stood at attention soon enough, but told him I was looking at the founds to see if they wanted underpinning from the floods.

zany (zanies, present participle zanying; past and past participle zanied)

  1. (obsolete) To mimic foolishly.

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