• Comical or ludicrous because of incongruity or strangeness.
  • A comical person given to extravagant or outlandish behavior.
  • A ludicrous, buffoonish character in old comedies who attempts feebly to mimic the tricks of the clown.
  • 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.
  • . An attendant.
  • <strong>Synonyms</strong> <em>Clown, Fool, Buffoon, Mimic, Zany.</em> “The <em>zany</em> in Shakespere's day was not so much a <em>buffoon</em> and <em>mimic</em> as the obsequious follower of a <em>buffoon</em> and the attenuated mime of a <em>mimic.</em> He was the vice, servant, or attendant of the professional <em>clown</em> or <em>fool</em>, who, dressed like his master, accompanied him on the stage or in the ring, following his movements, imitating his tricks. and adding to the general merriment by his ludicrous failures and comic imbecility … The professional <em>clown</em> or <em>fool</em> might be clever and accomplished in his business, a skilful tumbler and mountebank, doing what he undertook to do thoroughly and well. But this was never the case with the <em>zany.</em> He was always slight and thin, well-meaning, but comparatively helpless, full of readiness, grimace, and alacrity, but also of incompetence. eagerly trying to imitate his superior, but ending in failure and absurdity … We have ourselves seen the <em>clown</em> and the <em>zany</em> in the ring together, the <em>clown</em> doing clever tricks, the <em>zany</em> provoking immense laughter by his ludicrous failures in attempting to imitate them. Where there is only a single <em>clown.</em> he often combines both the characters, doing skilful tumbling on his own account, and playing the <em>zany</em> to the riders.” (<em>Edinburgh Rev.</em>, July, 1869, art. 4.)
  • To play the zany to; mimic; imitate apishly.
  • A merry-andrew; a buffoon.
  • To mimic.
  • <xref>ludicrously</xref> or <xref>incongruously</xref> <xref>comical</xref>
  • <xref>bizarre</xref>, <xref>clownish</xref>
  • A <xref>fool</xref> or <xref>clown</xref>.
  • a man who is a stupid incompetent fool
  • like a clown
  • a buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect
  • ludicrous, foolish
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