Pronunciation: (zā'nē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -ni•er, -ni•est, -nies.
- ludicrously or whimsically comical; clownish.
- one who plays the clown or fool in order to amuse others.
- a comically wild or eccentric person.
- a secondary stock character in old comedies who mimicked his master.
- a professional buffoon; clown.
- a silly person; simpleton.
- a slavish attendant or follower.
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