Zany is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand zany (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use zany in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of zany, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of zany, followed by 44 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a man who is a stupid incompetent fool
EXAMPLES - Zany in a Sentence
- People that support the free market are "zany"???? (source)
- It's these kind of zany stories that make life worth living! (source)
- The "zany" nerds of Silicon Valley look for meaning beyond the laboratory. (source)
- "I don't know too many people who use the word 'zany,'" Axelrod told Fox News' (source)
- This campaign has a "zany" quality to it, as one longtime Republican strategist put it. (source)
- Well, I have decided I must not hide from my strange Blog-life, or JW's legacy, or from "zany" (source)
- This job listing also serves as a very important reminder - namely, not to use the word "zany". (source)
- This has the same "zany," nyuck-nyuck tone as the story, and is therefore just about unreadable. (source)
- So she called me a "zany," and then after a little a "toad," but went on stroking my lady's hair. (source)
- The piece had been hyped as a "zany" take on Frankenstein, Dracula, James Bond and other pop monsters and heroes. (source)
- Candy Makes You Smart?, which finds Morgan and Fisher having "zany" adventures on their quest to "save the world!!!" (source)
- The Animaniacs, for example, were more grating to me than "zany," hard as they worked to assure me they were the latter. (source)
- Cramer though, as one can see hereon has this "zany" idea that Geithner has demonstrated he is not qualified for this job. (source)
- It can be "zany" or not (Beckett is zany in Waiting for Godot, not in How It Is or The Unnameable, but the effect is the same). (source)
- All that makes the lyrics distinctive is the annoying sub-Walrus "zany" string of phrases that make up "Real Slime", for example. (source)
- In both films, it is clearly acknowledged that the women are expected to have an abortion, while having the kid is the 'zany' option. (source)
- Sure, its important to grow an' mature in your work, but I sure would like to see Clowes just be "zany" again, if only for a change of pace. (source)
- But at least receptionist Eileen De Bont's excuse is that her "zany" stunt was for a good cause (raising several grand for Children In Need). (source)
- The 'zany' 'spoofy' elements (if any) was not something I've been concerned with but it's actually about something Akshay said on Piture This. (source)
- Most of his movies ended happily, narratives tripping over the occasional problem or personal pothole before reaching a kind of zany Zen optimism. (source)
- Among the themes to steer well clear of in the current climate are fear, experimentation (such as extreme sports activities), risk-taking and "zany" humor. (source)
- (The main exception, the outright frivolity of "Get on Your Boots," comes right in the middle, as if the band thought it needed some kind of zany halftime.) (source)
- There are times when it feels like the writers are reaching too far to come up with "zany" dialogue, rather than letting the game's own weirdness speak for itself. (source)
- And being comfortable around someone without worrying that you're screwing up and making a moron outta yourself buy just being your normal weird (oops "zany") self. (source)
- I hate to be one of those not-a-disaster people, but this does look to be an intentionally "zany" design, putting the head and back-pocket package out of proportion. (source)
- Since I dislike "zany," particularly the Germanic variety, expectations were very low so it was a complete delight to find that the music was inventive, fun and varied. (source)
- Although The Mirror slammed Smith for being too "zany" and akin to his "eccentric" predecessor David Tennant at first, critic Jim Shelley did concede that the young actor (source)
- But the fuss that we put into the entire process often seems to serve a different purpose - making money for the death industry, or whatever "zany" phrase you want to call it. (source)
- Although The Mirror slammed Smith for being too "zany" and akin to his predecessor at first, critic Jim Shelley did concede that the young actor "gradually found his own voice". (source)
- The sorry excuse for a sandbox game is all wrapped up in a 'fetch this / kill that' mission-set epitomising boredom, justified by a 'zany' story even Uwe Boll would steer clear of. (source)
- Those reported to have lost houses in the community dubbed "America's Riviera" included actor Christopher Lloyd, best known as the zany scientist in the "Back to the Future" movies. (source)
- Those reported to have lost houses in the community dubbed "America's Riviera" include actor Christopher Lloyd, best known as zany scientist Doc Brown in the Back To The Future films. (source)
- And while that may sound like the basis of a pretty good game, especially since it will most definitely have a considerable budged, the fact that "zany" ideas are frowned upon is a bit disappointing. (source)
- I'm of two minds about Pitt's performance here, which is superbly detailed and often very funny but becomes a kind of zany conceptual art piece, detached from the story the Coens are supposedly trying to tell. (source)
- "Too often, we get prosecutors that think they're going to get their 15 minutes of fame by making some kind of zany decision they feel panders to the anger in the public," says Mr. Busch, now a defense attorney. (source)
- He just believes in this crazy little thing called "Fair Use", which is some kind of zany idea that these old guys in powdered wigs in the eighteenth century had, whereby corporations would not own all speech forever. (source)
- The former Massachusetts governor has been going negative on Gingrich, using the word "zany" in a New York Times interview Wednesday to make the point that whoever GOP voters choose as their White House nominee will need to have "sobriety." (source)
- Buchanan, a member of heavy metal group Marseille, understood that kids love anarchy and it was his own unique 'zany' approach (do you remember the show's comedy character The Head!) that made the programme a runaway success and its a host a TV icon. (source)
- The $40 million, eight-week "Lets Do Amazing" campaign features a number of celebs like "zany" comedian Rhys Darby and photographer Annie Leibovitz in pitches meant to give the very serious company a lighthearted makeover while explaining what it does. (source)
- The footage of Afghanistan isn't just a shot of a cannon firing cutting to a shot of Kabul, but includes six slow minutes of government troops, poring over a manual, typical 'zany' piece about the life of soldiers, full of conveniently 'absurd' imagery. (source)
- And lest anyone be tempted to unearth the tired old argument that the inclusion of these stories is not because they are meant to be "zany" and "humorous," but because they are about something unusual, let me just point out that very point of the main story in question is that "child marriage" is far too common. (source)
- That he would use this term, as well as the equally condescending "zany" in referring to this latter comedy makes his valuation of it clear enough, but later he also remarks that "Evelyn Waugh, alas, still represents the great image of English comedy in the 20th century, rather than his subtler and gentler contemporary, Henry Green." (source)
- But the delicious absurdity is undone by Miike's unfortunate self-indulgence, meaning what should have been a film with an air of sentimentality and meaningful profundity, that also indulged his evident "zany" side, comes across a little like those painful, tasteless work-mates everyone has who shouts "I'm mad, me" after every cider-fuelled bout of "hilarity". (source)
- And you know, what's very interesting is how the ratification actually came about because, unfortunately -- I wish I could say it was Lemkin and Proxmire teaming up and these two kind of zany, you know, kind of Cassandra figures had -- had succeeded in bringing enough people around, but it actually was -- and it's very important -- the reason that the ratification came about was for very, very political reasons. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 44 example sentences provided below is 52.0, which suggests that "zany" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 19 synonyms for zany.
camp, campy, clownish, comical, dumb, eccentric, fool, foolish, goofy, hare-brained, humorous, joshing, kooky, loony, madcap, nutty, sappy, wacky, witty
We have 1 antonym for zany.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of zany from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A ludicrous, buffoonish character in old comedies who attempts feebly to mimic the tricks of the clown.
- (noun) A comical person given to extravagant or outlandish behavior.
- (adjective) Ludicrously comical; clownish.
- (adjective) Comical because of incongruity or strangeness; bizarre.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) ludicrously or incongruously comical
- (adjective) bizarre, clownish
- (noun) A fool or clown.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A merry-andrew; a buffoon.
- (verb-transitive) To mimic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) A comic performer, originating on the Italian stage, whose function it is to make awkward attempts at mimicking the tricks of the professional clown, or the acts of other performers; hence, an apish buffoon in general; a merry-andrew; an amusing fool.
- (noun) . An attendant.
- (None) To play the zany to; mimic; imitate apishly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a man who is a stupid incompetent fool
- (adjective) like a clown
- (noun) a buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect
- (adjective) ludicrous, foolish