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Definition of Zany

  ZANY   noun
A popular character in old Italian plays, who imitated with ludicrous incompetence the buffone, or clown, and was therefore the ape of an ape; for the clown himself imitated the serious characters of the play.  The zany was progenitor to the specialist in humor, as we to-day have the unhappiness to know him.  In the zany we see an example of creation; in the humorist, of transmission.

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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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