Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. clownishness; buffoonery

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. State or character of a zany; buffoonery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or practice of imitation or mimicry.
  • n. The condition or habits of a buffoon or a low clown: often used contemptuously.

Etymologies

zany +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The caricature of his filth and zanyism proves how fully he both knew and felt the danger in which he stood.

    Literary Remains, Volume 1

  • His atavistic longings are well portrayed in the climax when he virtually feels stranded as he can neither go back to the past (forest, the land of the animals) nor to the present where sophisticated zanyism rule the roost.

    The Hindu - Front Page

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