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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Za"ny
A merry-andrew; a buffoon.

Etymology: It. zanni a buffoon, merry-andrew, orig. same as Giovanni John, i. e., merry John, L. Ioannes, Gr. �, Heb. Yōkhānān, prop., the Lord graciously gave: cf. F. zani, fr. the Italian. Cf. Jenneting

verb Za"ny
To mimic.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A man who is a stupid incompetent fool
  2. A buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect
  3. Like a clown ("a zany sense of humor")
  4. Ludicrous, foolish

From Middle French zani, zanni, from Italian zanni (“a kind of masked clown character”), from Zanni, a dialectal form of Giovanni.

  1. (obsolete) A fool or clown, especially one whose business on the stage is to imitate foolishly the actions of the principal clown.

Notable Persons Named Zany

Zany is a hardstyle musician. He has been prominent since 1998. Zany was given the name Raoul van Grinsven on May 11th, 1974 in Beek en Donk.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Zany

Zany is a hardstyle musician. He has been prominent since 1998. Zany was given the name Raoul van Grinsven on May 11th, 1974 in Beek en Donk.


Bob Zany is a comedian. Bob was born on September 11th, 1961 in United States.


Fun Facts about the name Zany

  • When was the first name Zany first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Zany is Sunday, June 12th, 1887.
  • How unique is the name Zany? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Zany. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Zany: Your name in reverse order is Ynaz. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yzna. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Zany born Jul 6, 1964

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Borneo approximately on 1675. Your profession was designer, engineering, and craftsman.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. Your lesson - to develop kind attitude to people, to acquire gift of understanding and compassion.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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