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 (Source: dictionary.com)
Late 16th century from French zani or Italian zan(n)i, Venetian form of Gianni, Giovanni ‘John’, stock name of the servants acting as clowns in the commedia dell'arte. (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Zaniest
ludicrously or whimsically comical; clownish.
comical in an endearing way; imaginatively funny or comical, esp in behaviour
one who plays the clown or fool in order to amuse others.
a comically wild or eccentric person.
a secondary stock character in old comedies who mimicked his master.
a professional buffoon; clown.
a silly person; simpleton.
a slavish attendant or follower.
a clown or buffoon, esp one in old comedies who imitated other performers with ludicrous effect
a ludicrous or foolish person
Amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic.
A zany person.
: a subordinate clown or acrobat in old comedies who mimics ludicrously the tricks of the principal : merry-andrew
: a slavish follower : toady
: one who acts the buffoon to amuse others
: nut, kook
: being or having the characteristics of a zany
: fantastically or absurdly ludicrous a zany movie
Example sentences for Zaniest
From Pam Grier to Britney Spears, a look back at the zaniest stewards of film and TV.