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1zany

noun za·ny \ˈzā-nē\
plural zanies

Definition of ZANY

1
:  a subordinate clown or acrobat in old comedies who mimics ludicrously the tricks of the principal :  merry-andrew
2
:  a slavish follower :  toady
3
a :  one who acts the buffoon to amuse others
b :  nut, kook

Examples of ZANY

  1. <hired a zany to entertain the children at the birthday party>
  2. <one of the challenges of hosting a radio call-in program is preventing the zanies from completely taking over the discussion>

Origin of ZANY

Italian zanni, a traditional masked clown, from Italian dialect Zanni, nickname for Italian Giovanni John
First Known Use: 1588

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary

Rhymes with ZANY

2zany

adjective

: very strange and silly

za·ni·erza·ni·est

Full Definition of ZANY

1
:  being or having the characteristics of a zany
2
:  fantastically or absurdly ludicrous <a zany movie>
za·ni·ly \ˈzā-nə-lē\ adverb
za·ni·ness \ˈzā-nē-nəs\ noun

Examples of ZANY

  1. <a zany plan to drive cross-country on a motorized scooter>

First Known Use of ZANY

1609

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany
ZANY[1] Defined for Kids

zany

adjective za·ny \ˈzā-nē\
za·ni·erza·ni·est

Definition of ZANY for Kids

:  very strange and silly <a zany plan>

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