zany

  • 1 Zany — (Englisch: clown[1]) (* 11. Mai 1974 in Veldhoven; eigentlich Raoul Van Grinsven) ist ein niederländischer DJ und Musikproduzent. Zany Vince auf der Qlimax 2008 …

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  • 2 Zany — a ny, n.; pl. {Zanies}. [It. zanni a buffoon, merry andrew, orig. same as Giovanni John, i. e., merry John, L. Ioannes, Gr. ?, Heb. Y[=o]kh[=a]n[=a]n, prop., the Lord graciously gave: cf. F. zani, fr. the Italian. Cf. {Jenneting}.] A merry… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 zany — [zā′nē] n. pl. zanies [Fr zani < It dial. (Venetian) zani, zanni, a zany, clown, orig. a familiar abbrev. pronun. of Giovanni,JOHN1] 1. a clown or buffoon; specif., a former stock character in comedies who clownishly aped the principal actors… …

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  • 4 Zany — a ny, v. t. To mimic. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Your part is acted; give me leave at distance To zany it. Massinger. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 zany — [adj] crazy, funny camp*, campy*, clownish, comical, dumb, eccentric, fool, foolish, goofy, hare brained*, humorous, joshing, kooky*, loony*, madcap*, nutty*, sappy*, wacky*, witty; concept 267 Ant. serious zany [n] person who is wildly funny… …

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  • 6 zany — ► ADJECTIVE (zanier, zaniest) ▪ amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic. ► NOUN (pl. zanies) 1) a zany person. 2) historical a comic performer partnering a clown, whom he imitated in an amusing way. DERIVATIVES …

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  • 7 ZANY — Brainy, Inc. (Business » NASDAQ Symbols) …

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  • 8 zany — {{11}}zany (adj.) 1869, from ZANY (Cf. zany) (n.). Related: Zanily; zaniness. {{12}}zany (n.) comic performer, 1580s, from Fr. zani, from It. zani, zanni a zany, clown, originally Zanni, Venetian dialect variant of Gianni, pet form of Giovanni… …

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  • 9 zany — [[t]ze͟ɪni[/t]] zanier, zaniest ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Zany humour or a zany person is strange or eccentric in an amusing way. [INFORMAL] ...the zany humour of the Marx Brothers. Syn: wacky …

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  • 10 zany — UK [ˈzeɪnɪ] / US adjective Word forms zany : adjective zany comparative zanier superlative zaniest informal strange or unusual in a funny way a zany character/idea/film …

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  • 11 zany — [“zeni] mod. silly. □ What a zany chick! □ Clare is so zany. □ That is a zany idea, but I like it …

    Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • 12 zany — I. noun (plural zanies) Etymology: Italian zanni, a traditional masked clown, from Italian dialect Zanni, nickname for Italian Giovanni John Date: 1588 1. a subordinate clown or acrobat in old comedies who mimics ludicrously the tricks of the… …

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  • 13 zany — adj. Zany is used with these nouns: ↑antics …

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  • 14 zany — za|ny [ˈzeıni] adj comparative zanier superlative zaniest [Date: 1500 1600; : Italian; Origin: zanni type of clown, from Giovanni John ] crazy or unusual in a way that is amusing ▪ zany comedian Vic Reeves …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 zany — za|ny [ zeıni ] adjective INFORMAL strange or unusual in a funny way: a zany character/idea/movie …

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  • 16 zany — [16] Zany originated as the name of a character in the old Italian commedia dell’arte, who tried, rather feebly, to mimic the antics of the clown. It came from Italian Zanni, a Venetian and Lombardic variant of Gianni, the pet form of Giovanni… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 17 zany — adjective (zanier, zaniest) amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic. noun 1》 a zany person. 2》 historical a comic performer partnering a clown, whom he imitated in an amusing way. Derivatives zanily adverb zaniness noun Origin C16: from Fr.… …

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  • 18 ZANY — abbr. ZANY BRAINY INC NASDAQ …

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  • 19 zany — adjective crazy or unusual in a way that is amusing: zany comedian Lenny Henry …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 zany — adjective the zany humor of the Marx Brothers Syn: eccentric, peculiar, odd, unconventional, strange, bizarre, weird; mad, crazy, comic, madcap, funny, quirky, idiosyncratic; informal wacky, screwy, nutty, oddball, off the wall; …

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