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benny1

[ben-ee]
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noun, plural ben·nies. Slang.
  1. Benzedrine, especially in tablet form.
  2. any amphetamine tablet.
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Origin of benny1

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

benny2

[ben-ee]
noun
  1. benne.
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Benny

[ben-ee]
noun
  1. JackBenjamin Kubelsky, 1894–1974, U.S. comedian.
  2. a male given name, form of Benjamin.
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benne

or ben·ny

[ben-ee]
noun
  1. Southern U.S., especially South Carolina, and Bahamian English. the sesame plant or its seeds.
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Origin of benne

1760–70, Americanism; < Wolof, Malinke bene

Goodman

[goo d-muh n]
noun
  1. Benjamin DavidBenny, 1909–86, U.S. jazz clarinetist and bandleader.
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Carter

[kahr-ter]
noun
  1. Bennett LesterBenny, 1907–2003, U.S. jazz saxophonist and composer.
  2. BettyLillie Mae Jones, 1930–98, U.S. jazz singer.
  3. Don(ald James),1926–2012, U.S. bowler.
  4. (Eleanor) Ro·sa·lynn Smith [roh-zuh-lin] /ˈroʊ zə lɪn/, born 1928, U.S. First Lady 1977–81 (wife of Jimmy Carter).
  5. ElliottElliott Cook Carter, Jr., 1908–2012, U.S. composer.
  6. Hod·ding [hod-ing] /ˈhɒd ɪŋ/, 1907–72, U.S. journalist and publisher.
  7. Howard,1873–1939, English Egyptologist.
  8. James Earl, Jr.Jimmy, born 1924, 39th president of the U.S. 1977–81.
  9. Mrs. LeslieCaroline Louise Dudley, 1862–1937, U.S. actress.
  10. May·belle [mey-bel] /ˈmeɪˌbɛl/, Mother Maybelle Carter, 1909–78, U.S. country-and-western singer and guitarist.
  11. Nick, pen name of authors who wrote detective-story series in which Nick Carter, created by John R. Coryell, is the main character.
  12. a male given name.
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  • Nellie was huddled against her mother, who sat, idle, with little Benny in her arms.

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    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • In the white moonlight, she and Benny looked as if they had been carved from stone.

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    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Their sickness was the hand of God, but Benny just ain't had enough to eat.

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    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Before the corn was in tassel, he had been laid beside Benny.

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    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Benny came running in, all out of breath, and said you wished to see us at once.

    The Green Satin Gown

    Laura E. Richards


British Dictionary definitions for benny

benny1

noun plural -nies
  1. old-fashioned, slang an amphetamine tablet, esp benzedrine: a stimulant
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Word Origin

C20: shortened from Benzedrine

benny2

noun plural -nies
  1. US slang a man's overcoat
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Word Origin

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

Benny

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

noun
  1. another name for sesame
  2. benne oil the edible oil obtained from sesame seeds
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Word Origin

C18: from Malay bene; compare Bambara bene

Carter

noun
  1. Angela. 1940–92, British novelist and writer; her novels include The Magic Toyshop (1967) and Nights at the Circus (1984)
  2. Elliot (Cook). 1908–2012, US composer. His works include the Piano Sonata (1945–46), four string quartets, and other orchestral pieces: Pulitzer Prize 1960, 1973
  3. Howard. 1873–1939, English Egyptologist: excavated the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen
  4. James Earl, known as Jimmy. born 1924, US Democratic statesman; 39th president of the US (1977–81); Nobel peace prize 2002
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goodman

noun plural -men archaic
  1. a husband
  2. a man not of gentle birth: used as a title
  3. a master of a household
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Goodman

noun
  1. Benny, full name Benjamin David Goodman. 1909–86, US jazz clarinetist and bandleader, whose treatment of popular songs created the jazz idiom known as swing
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Word Origin and History for benny

carter

n.

"cart-driver," late 12c., from Anglo-French careter, and in part an agent noun from cart (v.).

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