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neddy

[ned-ee] /ˈnɛd i/
noun, plural neddies.
1.
British Informal. donkey.
2.
Australian Slang. a horse.
Origin of neddy
1780-1790
1780-90; apparently generic use of personal name Neddy; see Ned, -y2
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Examples from the Web for neddy
Historical Examples
  • 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.
  • No, neddy, I did not punish the child, replied the former gravely.

    The Rambles of a Rat

    A. L. O. E.
  • I am no conceited body; no newspaper neddy; no pothouse witty person.

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • For neddy soon began to follow his friend about, and to imitate everything that he did.

    Live Toys

    Emma Davenport
  • neddy always walked behind the other, and did not bray till he began.

    Live Toys

    Emma Davenport
  • We took off the saddle and bridle, and invited neddy to enter.

    Live Toys

    Emma Davenport
  • Cosh, a neddy, a life-preserver; any short, loaded bludgeon.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • Without "cavort" or a "list to port," is as hard—as song to a neddy!

  • So neddy had to go, and pick up such stray jobs as he might.

    Tales of Mean Streets Arthur Morrison
  • In the Prince Regent there were many at the bar, and the most of them knew neddy.

    Tales of Mean Streets Arthur Morrison
British Dictionary definitions for neddy

neddy

/ˈnɛdɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
a child's word for a donkey
2.
(informal) a silly person; fool
3.
(Austral, informal) a horse, esp a racehorse: he lost his money on the neddies
Word Origin
C18: from Ned, pet form of Edward
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