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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [zey-nee]
    • /ˈzeɪ ni/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [zey-nee]
    • /ˈzeɪ ni/

Definitions of zaniness word

  • adjective zaniness ludicrously or whimsically comical; clownish. 1
  • noun plural zaniness one who plays the clown or fool in order to amuse others. 1
  • noun plural zaniness a comically wild or eccentric person. 1
  • noun plural zaniness a secondary stock character in old comedies who mimicked his master. 1
  • noun plural zaniness a professional buffoon; clown. 1
  • noun plural zaniness a silly person; simpleton. 1

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Origin of zaniness

First appearance:

before 1560
One of the 32% oldest English words
1560-70; (< Middle French) < Italian zan(n)i (later zanno) a servant character in the commedia dell’arte, perhaps orig. the character's name, the Upper Italian form of Tuscan Gianni, for Giovanni John

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Parts of speech for Zaniness


zaniness popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 72% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for zaniness

noun zaniness

  • wackiness — odd or irrational; crazy: They had some wacky plan for selling more books.
  • silliness — weak-minded or lacking good sense; stupid or foolish: a silly writer.
  • craziness — mentally deranged; demented; insane.
  • wildness — living in a state of nature; not tamed or domesticated: a wild animal; wild geese.
  • eccentricity — an oddity or peculiarity, as of conduct: an interesting man, known for his eccentricities.

Antonyms for zaniness

noun zaniness

  • conventionality — the quality or characteristic of being conventional, esp in behaviour, thinking, etc
  • seriousness — of, showing, or characterized by deep thought.
  • sense — any of the faculties, as sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch, by which humans and animals perceive stimuli originating from outside or inside the body: My sense of smell tells me that dinner is ready.
  • intelligence — capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.
  • judgment — an act or instance of judging.

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