Adjective "Zany" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic.
  1. 'His zany humour took comedy to new heights of absurdity.'
  2. 'We both liked making costumes and had a similarly zany sense of humour.'
  3. 'Viewers of last night's late editions of Ten News and Sports Tonight would have enjoyed the zany antics of the respective crews if they were watching closely.'
  4. 'Show Us Ya Wits is a zany hour of belly-achingly funny and fresh stand-up.'
  5. 'The children are taken under the wing of zany housekeeper Martha but rarely see their uncle, who demands absolute silence while he writes his book.'
  6. 'By this stage I was barely holding it together, ready to bust out in tears of joy at how zany these madcap antics were unfolding to be.'
  7. 'He brings us authority, composure and work rate and a bossing of midfield players we have lacked all of this zany season.'
  8. 'The craze that is sweeping America and Europe, sending crowds flocking to landmarks or shops to stage zany gatherings, arrived in Yorkshire at the weekend.'


A zany person.
  1. 'We are looking for the zany, the serious, the artistic and ridiculous.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"humours can be zany."

"worlds can be zany."

"users can be zany."

"films can be zany."

"couriers can be zany."

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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.