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[fin-ee] /ˈfɪn i/
adjective, finnier, finniest.
pertaining to or abounding in fish.
having fins; finned.
Origin of finny
First recorded in 1580-90; fin1 + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Our success was greater with the finny, than was that of any exquisite with the fair tribe.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • A whale differs also in many other respects from the finny tribe proper.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou
  • It was the most delectable of all the finny genus, superior even to the pompano.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
  • In two of them he found some fish, so dense was the finny multitude.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • Are they simply a poetical transfiguration of finny forms of the flood?

    The Testimony of Tradition David MacRitchie
  • Chet neednt think Betty wondered where her sister had heard about finny.

    Betty Lee, Senior

    Harriet Pyne Grove
  • Ask a Frenchman to say fini, and compare his sounds with those in finny.

  • One after the other the launches arrived with their finny cargoes.

  • I ran to his assistance, and together we struggled with the finny monster.

    The Swiss Family Robinson Johann David Wyss
  • Lo, finny, said she, have a seat on the over-stuffed furniture.

    Betty Lee, Sophomore

    David Goodger (
British Dictionary definitions for finny


adjective -nier, -niest
(poetic) relating to or containing many fishes
having or resembling a fin or fins
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for finny

1580s, from fin + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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