Zaniness

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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)

Definitions of Zaniness

Zaniness

adjective

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

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Zaniness

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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Zaniness

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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Zaniness

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 Zaniness

  1. Gingrich Restrains His Zaniness Newt confesses that he's been editing his words in an effort not to appear to be "zany."
  2. But whatever her professions of zaniness, lately Barrymore has seemed awfully grown up.

Related words & Synonyms

kook, crazy, lunatic, madness, silliness, absurdity, nonsense, insanity, idiocy, lunacy, nuttiness, jocularity, funniness, jocosity, wit, comedy, drollery, wittiness, senselessness, imbecility, tomfoolery, foolery, flakiness

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