Definition of zany adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈzeɪni//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈzeɪni//
(zanier, zaniest) (informal)
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strange or unusual in an amusing way synonym wacky zany humour Word Originlate 16th cent.: 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.
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