V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: amusingly strange and unconventional

Synonyms: silly, crazy, light-hearted, wacky, goofy, comical, amusing

Antonyms: serious, conventional, conservative, traditional

Tips: The word zany can also be a noun, though this is much less common, to mean "a clown" or "buffoon." The adjective is commonly used to describe something that's unusual or unconventional, usually in an amusing way. The origin comes from an Italian comedic character named Gianni, called Zanni in an Italian dialect, who tried to mimic a clown.

Usage Examples:

His zany antics always make me laugh. (silly, wacky, comical)

She has a zany personality, so it's no wonder she wants to become a comedian. (comical, wacky)

Sometimes her zany ideas actually turn out quite well. (crazy, goofy, silly)

He's always inventing zany new characters to amuse his children. (comical, amusing, silly)

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