zanily

zany

[zey-nee]
adjective, zanier, zaniest.
1.
ludicrously or whimsically comical; clownish.
noun, plural zanies.
2.
one who plays the clown or fool in order to amuse others.
3.
a comically wild or eccentric person.
4.
a secondary stock character in old comedies who mimicked his master.
5.
a professional buffoon; clown.
6.
a silly person; simpleton.
7.
a slavish attendant or follower.

Origin:
1560–70; (< Middle French) < Italian zan(n)i (later zanno) a servant character in the commedia dell’arte, perhaps orig. the character's name, the Upper Italian form of Tuscan Gianni, for Giovanni John

zanily, adverb
zaniness, zanyism, noun
zanyish, adjective


3. kook, crazy, lunatic.
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zany (ˈzeɪnɪ)
 
adj , -nier, -niest
1.  comical in an endearing way; imaginatively funny or comical, esp in behaviour
 
n , -nier, -niest, -nies
2.  a clown or buffoon, esp one in old comedies who imitated other performers with ludicrous effect
3.  a ludicrous or foolish person
 
[C16: from Italian zanni, from dialect (Venice and Lombardy) Zanni, nickname for Giovanni John; one of the traditional names for a clown]
 
'zanily
 
adv
 
'zaniness
 
n
 
'zanyism
 
n

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zany
comic performer, 1588, from Fr. zani, from It. zani, zanni "a zany, clown," originally Zanni, Venetian dial. variant of Gianni, pet form of Giovanni "John." A stock character in old comedies, he aped the principal actors. The adj. is attested by 1869, from the noun.
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