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 principal ; merry-andrew 2. a slavish follower ; toady 3. a. one who acts the buffoon to amuse others b. nut, kook II. adjective (zanier; -est) Date: 1609 1. being or having the characteristics of a zany 2. fantastically or absurdly ludicrous <
a zany movie
zanily adverbzaniness noun

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