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ZANY (zanier, zaniest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does zany mean? 

ZANY (noun)
  The noun ZANY has 2 senses:

1. a buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect
2. a man who is a stupid incompetent fool

  Familiarity information: ZANY used as a noun is rare.


ZANY (adjective)
  The adjective ZANY has 2 senses:

1. ludicrous, foolish
2. like a clown

  Familiarity information: ZANY used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ZANY (noun)


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Meaning:

A buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("zany" is a kind of...):

buffoon; clown; merry andrew (a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior)


Sense 2zany [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A man who is a stupid incompetent fool

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

bozo; cuckoo; fathead; goof; goofball; jackass; twat; zany; goose

Hypernyms ("zany" is a kind of...):

fool; muggins; sap; saphead; tomfool (a person who lacks good judgment)


ZANY (adjective)


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Meaning:

Ludicrous, foolish

Synonyms:

whacky; wacky; silly; sappy; goofy; cockamamy; cockamamie; zany

Context examples:

gave me a cockamamie reason for not going / wore a goofy hat / a silly idea / some wacky plan for selling more books

Similar:

foolish (devoid of good sense or judgment)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


Sense 2zany [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Like a clown

Synonyms:

clownlike; clownish; buffoonish; zany

Context examples:

a buffoonish walk / a clownish face / a zany sense of humor

Similar:

humorous; humourous (full of or characterized by humor)


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