benny

1
[ben-ee]

noun, plural ben·nies. Slang.

Benzedrine, especially in tablet form.
any amphetamine tablet.

Origin of benny

1
1950–55, Americanism; by alteration and shortening of Benzedrine; see -y2

benny

2
[ben-ee]

noun

benne

or ben·ny

[ben-ee]

noun

Southern U.S., especially South Carolina, and Bahamian English. the sesame plant or its seeds.

Origin of benne

1760–70, Americanism; < Wolof, Malinke bene
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Examples from the Web for bennies

Historical Examples of bennies

  • Bennies father frowned, but the visitor smiled a cordial smile.

  • He lifted the lamp from his cap again and held it up close to Bennies face.

    The Blind Brother

    Homer Greene

  • The light of hope flashed up in Bennies breast with the thought.

    The Blind Brother

    Homer Greene

  • The whisperings of conscience were drowned in the anticipation of Bennies joy.

    The Blind Brother

    Homer Greene

  • The giants huge hand dropped upon Bennies little one, and held it in a painful grasp.

    The Blind Brother

    Homer Greene


British Dictionary definitions for bennies

benne

noun

another name for sesame
benne oil the edible oil obtained from sesame seeds

Word Origin for benne

C18: from Malay bene; compare Bambara bene

benny

1

noun plural -nies

old-fashioned, slang an amphetamine tablet, esp benzedrine: a stimulant

Word Origin for benny

C20: shortened from Benzedrine

benny

2

noun plural -nies

US slang a man's overcoat

Word Origin for benny

C19: from Benjamin, perhaps from a tailor's name

Benny

noun

Jack, real name Benjamin Kubelsky . 1894–1974, US comedian
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