The state or condition of being zany.

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  • zaniness — 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 …   English terms dictionary

  • zaniness — nēnə̇s, nin noun ( es) : the quality or state of being zany fleeting moments of impulsive zaniness Walter Terry …   Useful english dictionary

  • zaniness — noun see zany II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • zaniness — See zanily. * * * …   Universalium

  • zaniness — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. The quality of being laughable or comical: comedy, comicality, comicalness, drollery, drollness, farcicality, funniness, humor, humorousness, jocoseness, jocosity, jocularity, ludi crousness, ridiculousness, wit,… …   English dictionary for students

  • zaniness — n. buffoonery, clownishness, foolishness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • zaniness — n clownishness, zanyism, clowning, clownery; buffoonery, buffoonism, buffoonishness, harlequinade; joking, jesting, jocosity, jocoseness, waggishness, waggery, drollery; levity, frivolity, facetiousness; silliness, childishness, prankishness;… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • zaniness — za·ni·ness …   English syllables

  • 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… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Brown University — The Brown University Seal Latin: Universitas Brunensis Motto In Deo Speramus (Latin) Motto in English …   Wikipedia

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