Zaniest

/ˈzeɪni/

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 (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

Zaniest

adjective

  1. ludicrously or whimsically comical; clownish.
  2. comical in an endearing way; imaginatively funny or comical, esp in behaviour

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Zaniest

noun

  1. one who plays the clown or fool in order to amuse others.
  2. a comically wild or eccentric person.
  3. a secondary stock character in old comedies who mimicked his master.
  4. a professional buffoon; clown.
  5. a silly person; simpleton.
  6. a slavish attendant or follower.
  7. a clown or buffoon, esp one in old comedies who imitated other performers with ludicrous effect
  8. a ludicrous or foolish person

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Zaniest

adjective

  1. Amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic.

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Zaniest

noun

  1. A zany person.

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Zaniest

noun

  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. : one who acts the buffoon to amuse others
  4. : nut, kook

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Zaniest

adjective

  1. : being or having the characteristics of a zany
  2. : fantastically or absurdly ludicrous a zany movie

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Example sentences for Zaniest

  1. From Pam Grier to Britney Spears, a look back at the zaniest stewards of film and TV.

Related words & Synonyms

kook, crazy, lunatic, kooky, eccentric, wacky, madcap, goofy, sappy, loony, comical, campy, fool, camp, screwball, idiot, nut, jester, clown, wag, joker, moron, comedian

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