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