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Zany   Listen
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Zany  v. t.  To mimic. (Obs.) "Your part is acted; give me leave at distance To zany it."






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Zany" Quotes from Famous Books



... tinker, and mended a pot; U was an usurer, a miserable elf; V was a vintner, who drank all himself; W was a watchman, and guarded the door; X was expensive, and so became poor; Y was a youth, that did not love school; Z was a Zany, ...
— Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 • Edward William Cole

... indeed quoth the Almighty 'Allah will by no means make a way for the Infidels over the True Believers.'[FN24] So return to thy King and say to him, 'Turn from this thing and hope not to come at thy desire thereof.'" Now this Wazir was a Zany: so he said to the Caliph, "O Commander of the Faithful, by the virtue of the Messiah and the Faith which is no liar, were Miriam forty times a Moslemah and forty times thereto, I may not depart from thee without that same Miriam! And if thou send her not back with me of free will, I will ...
— The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Volume 9 • Richard F. Burton

... the spring, maybe not until summer, for I cannot go to London on purpose, but when my business takes me there. Only remember my words, Jack, and when you see the man I mean, look straight at him, and tell no lie. He will make some of your zany squires shake in their shoes, I reckon. Now, I have been in this lonely hole far longer than I intended, by reason of this outrage; yet I will stay here one day more upon a ...
— Lorna Doone - A Romance of Exmoor • R. D. Blackmore

... drink, or necessary clothing, Reckless of fate, and even existence loathing; Great King amidst each various passing matter On this auspicious day, I will not flatter; Not that I cannot; aye, as well as any Of heretofore or present laureat Zany!— But lack of payment, Sir, and lack of zeal; Could I your gracious bounty hope to feel, Invention then, on eagles wings should rise, And laud your nameless ...
— Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II. • Pierce Egan

... senses; and Jimmy Stonewer declared thereon that any man who could make himself such a masterpiece of a fool as Jonathan had done that night, was better out of the marriage state than in it. He told Hyssop as she'd had a marvelous escape from a prize zany; and his wife said the same. But the girl couldn't see it like that. She knowed Jonathan weren't a prize zany, and his raging pride didn't anger her, for she admired it something wonderful, and it only made her feel her loss all the crueller ...
— Humorous Ghost Stories • Dorothy Scarborough

... the good old stage, Preacher at once and zany of thy age! Oh, worthy thou of Egypt's wise abodes; A decent priest where monkeys were ...
— Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama - A Revised American Edition of the Reader's Handbook, Vol. 3 • E. Cobham Brewer

... pleasure, which being found confounds us. Why should we know those things so much misuse us?—oh, would vertue had been forbidden! we should then have proved all vertuous, for tis our blood to love that were forbidden. Had not drunkenness been forbidden, what man would have been fool to a beast, and Zany to a swine, to show tricks in the mire? what is there in three dice to make a man draw thrice three thousand acres into the compass of a round little table, and with the gentlemans palsy in the hand shake out his posterity thieves or beggars? Tis done! ...
— A Yorkshire Tragedy • William Shakespeare [Apocrypha]

... they shouted, every fool and zany raising a tankard, save the dwarf and the young woman, the former continuing to glare vindictively upon the usurper, and the latter to all intent remaining oblivious of the ceremony of installation. Poised upon a chair, she idly thrust her fingers through the gilded bars of the cage that hung from ...
— Under the Rose • Frederic Stewart Isham

... criticisms on books, hating the author for various reasons—amongst others, because, having the proper pride of a gentleman and a scholar, he did not, in the year 1843, choose to permit himself to be exhibited and made a zany of in London, and especially because he will neither associate with, nor curry favour with, them who are neither gentlemen nor scholars—attack his book with abuse and calumny. He is, perhaps, condescending ...
— The Romany Rye - A Sequel to 'Lavengro' • George Borrow

... ne'er so worthy, That's not in grace with some that are the greatest. Thus courtiers do, and these he counterfeits, But sets no such a sightly carriage Upon their vanities, as they themselves; And therefore they despise him: for indeed He's like the zany to a tumbler, That tries tricks after him, to ...
— Every Man Out Of His Humour • Ben Jonson



Words linked to "Zany" :   sappy, goof, fathead, bozo, buffoon, cockamamie, clown, goose, buffoonish, humorous, fool, whacky, tomfool, wacky, humourous, twat, jackass, sap, saphead, cuckoo, cockamamy, merry andrew, muggins



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