Synonyms for zany

Grammar : Adj, noun
Spell : zey-nee
Phonetic Transcription : ˈzeɪ ni

Top 10 synonyms for zany Other synonyms for the word zany

Définition of zany

Origin :
  • 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." A stock character in old comedies, he aped the principal actors.
  • adj crazy, funny
  • noun person who is wildly funny
Example sentences :
  • In the zany we see an example of creation; in the humorist, of transmission.
  • Extract from : « The Devil's Dictionary » by Ambrose Bierce
  • The zany was progenitor to the specialist in humor, as we to-day have the unhappiness to know him.
  • Extract from : « The Devil's Dictionary » by Ambrose Bierce
  • They sometimes acted the part of a fool or zany (morio), or of a madman.
  • Extract from : « A History of Caricature and Grotesque » by Thomas Wright
  • The explanation of it was that the Shawanoe was a zany or lunatic.
  • Extract from : « Blazing Arrow » by Edward S. Ellis
  • Boswell's Tour of the Hebrides was "the story of a mountebank and his zany."
  • Extract from : « The London Mercury, Vol. I, Nos. 1-6, November 1919 to April 1920 » by Various
  • It remains to discover why “the Preacher” became “the Zany.”
  • Extract from : « Calamities and Quarrels of Authors » by Isaac Disraeli
  • So I simply informed Pomponne that he was a zany, and left the house.
  • Extract from : « Frdrique; vol. 1 » by Charles Paul de Kock
  • Zany left a large circle of sorrowing friends, if not relatives.
  • Extract from : « The Story of a Bad Boy » by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • When the zany in the pantomime hides the red-hot poker in his pocket, he cauterizes his person.
  • Extract from : « Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851 » by Various
  • ZANY, an inferior clown, who attended upon the chief fool and mimicked his tricks.
  • Extract from : « Volpone; Or, The Fox » by Ben Jonson

Antonyms for zany

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