Definitions for: Zany


[n] a man who is a stupid fool
[n] a buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect
[adj] like a clown; "a buffoonish walk"; "a clownish face"; "a zany sense of humor"
[adj] (informal terms) "gave me a cockamamie reason for not going"; "wore a goofy hat"; "a silly idea"; "some wacky plan for selling more books"



Webster (1913) Definition: Za"ny, n.; pl. Zanies. [It. zanni a buffoon,
merry-andrew, orig. same as Giovanni John, i. e., merry John,
L. Ioannes, Gr. ?, Heb. Y[=o]kh[=a]n[=a]n, prop., the Lord
graciously gave: cf. F. zani, fr. the Italian. Cf.
Jenneting.]
A merry-andrew; a buffoon.

Then write that I may follow, and so be Thy echo, thy
debtor, thy foil, thy zany. --Donne.

Preacher at once, and zany of thy age. --Pope.


Za"ny, v. t.
To mimic. [Obs.]

Your part is acted; give me leave at distance To zany
it. --Massinger.

Synonyms: bozo, buffoonish, clowlike, clownish, cockamamie, cockamamy, cuckoo, fathead, fool(a), foolish, goof, goofy, goose, humorous, humourous, jackass, sappy, silly, twat, unreasonable, wacky, whacky

See Also: buffoon, clown, fool, merry andrew, muggins, sap, saphead, tomfool

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Famous Quotes Containing Zany:


For some reason I did something where I realized I could get a reaction. That was when I broke out of my shell at school, because I really didn't have any friends or anything like that and I just kind of was going along, and then finally I did this zany thing, and all of a sudden I had tons of friends.

-- Jim Carrey (Canadian Comedian)

Certainly I feel like I'm the tip of the arrow at times because certainly the national media wants to talk about the fact that I'm a black Republican and some people think of that as zany that a black person would be a conservative but to me what is zany is any person black, white, red, brown or yellow not being a conservative.

-- Tim Scott (American Politician)


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