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[ned-ee] /ˈnɛd i/
noun, plural neddies.
British Informal. donkey.
Australian Slang. a horse.
Origin of neddy
1780-90; apparently generic use of personal name Neddy; see Ned, -y2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the stall could not be continued; and as soon as our Papa had leisure, he looked about for a suitable place for neddy.

    Live Toys Emma Davenport
  • I am no conceited body; no newspaper neddy; no pothouse witty person.

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • "I 'ave my doubts whether that ugly Sergeant's 'uman himself," growled neddy, as he hoisted his bulk into the car.

  • I did not tell you what happened to me when I was in the city, neddy.

    The Rambles of a Rat A. L. O. E.
  • At the foot of the hill they found neddy and the cart, and went home joyously, taking turns in the cart to spare neddy.

    The Four Corners Abroad Amy Ella Blanchard
  • For neddy soon began to follow his friend about, and to imitate everything that he did.

    Live Toys Emma Davenport
  • In the Prince Regent there were many at the bar, and the most of them knew neddy.

    Tales of Mean Streets Arthur Morrison
  • We took off the saddle and bridle, and invited neddy to enter.

    Live Toys Emma Davenport
  • But, aw see yo known him weel enough; an' so aw'll tell yo a bit of a crack abeawt him an' Owd neddy.

    Lancashire Sketches Edwin Waugh
  • Cosh, a neddy, a life-preserver; any short, loaded bludgeon.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
British Dictionary definitions for neddy


noun (pl) -dies
a child's word for a donkey
(informal) a silly person; fool
(Austral, informal) a horse, esp a racehorse: he lost his money on the neddies
Word Origin
C18: from Ned, pet form of Edward
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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