- a small wood or thicket.
Origin of spinney
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Examples from the Web for spinney
Do you remember long ago at the gate over there leading to Drake's Spinney?Dross
Henry Seton Merriman
As I got to that spinney at the edge of the quarry, I saw Mallalieu and our clerk.The Borough Treasurer
Joseph Smith Fletcher
So he found her when he came round the corner of the spinney.Anna the Adventuress
E. Phillips Oppenheim
The spinney is cut down to the stumps—even the lilacs and the syringas, to the stumps.
So farewell, spinney; I have promised myself that I will never enter it again.
- mainly British a small wood or copse
C16: from Old French espinei, from espine thorn, from Latin spīna
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Word Origin and History for spinney
1590s, from Old French espinei (Modern French épinaie) "place full of thorns and brambles," from espine (see spine).
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