buffoonish, clownish, clownlike, zany
(adjective) like a clown; “a buffoonish walk”; “a clownish face”; “a zany sense of humor”
goofy, silly, wacky, whacky, zany
(adjective) ludicrous, foolish; “wore a goofy hat”; “a silly idea”; “some wacky plan for selling more books”
fathead, goof, goofball, bozo, jackass, goose, cuckoo, twat, zany
(noun) a man who is a stupid incompetent fool
(noun) a buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect
Source: WordNet® 3.1
zany (comparative zanier, superlative zaniest)
Unusual and awkward in a funny, comical manner; outlandish; clownish.
Ludicrously or incongruously comical.
zany (plural zanies)
(obsolete) A fool or clown, especially one whose business on the stage is to imitate foolishly the actions of the principal clown.
zany (third-person singular simple present zanies, present participle zanying, simple past and past participle zanied)
(obsolete) To mimic foolishly.
• Zayn, zayn
Za"ny, n.; pl. Zanies. Etym: [It. zanni a buffoon, merry-andrew, orig. same as Giovanni John, i. e., merry John, L. Ioannes, Gr. Yokhanan, prop., the Lord graciously gave: cf. F. zani, fr. the Italian. Cf. Jenneting.]
Definition: A merry-andrew; a buffoon. Then write that I may follow, and so be Thy echo, thy debtor, thy foil, thy zany. Donne. Preacher at once, and zany of thy age. Pope.
Za"ny, v. t.
Definition: To mimic. [Obs.] Your part is acted; give me leave at distance To zany it. Massinger.
Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition
27 September 2023
(noun) the act of retiring into inactivity; “he emerged from his hibernation to make his first appearance in several years”
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