- the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey.Compare mule1(defs 1, 2).
Origin of hinny
1680–90; obsolete hinne (< Latin hinnus; akin to Greek gínnos mule) + -y2
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Examples from the Web for hinny
Beggars dinna work, hinny, said he—but do not be in a passion.
But ye're just like a' the women, hinny—their outcry is aye about expense and danger.
And oh, hinny, but your mother had been a weel-faured woman in her day!
And who tould the like of ye, how to make a brum like that, hinny?Adle Dubois
Mrs. William T. Savage
The difference between the mule and the hinny would seem to be explicable on this supposition.The Making of Species
- the sterile hybrid offspring of a male horse and a female donkey or assCompare mule 1 (def. 1)
C17: from Latin hinnus, from Greek hinnos
- a less common word for whinny
- Scot and Northern English dialect a term of endearment, esp for a woman or child
variant of honey
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Word Origin and History for hinny
"offspring of a stallion and a she-ass," 1680s, from Latin hinnus, from Greek innos, ginnos, of unknown origin.
"to neigh," c.1400, of imitative origin.
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