[ fin-ee ]

adjective,fin·ni·er, fin·ni·est.
  1. pertaining to or abounding in fish.

  2. having fins; finned.

Origin of finny

First recorded in 1580–90; fin1 + -y1

Words Nearby finny Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use finny in a sentence

  • This little scaled inhabitant of water p. 125and air seems to have been more favoured than the rest of its finny brethren.

    Wanderings in South America | Charles Waterton
  • In the water many varieties of finny shapes were darting to and fro in great excitement.

    The Pillar of Light | Louis Tracy
  • Off to our right was the only shade, back of the landing strip, a great gray hangar glutted with shiny-nosed, finny monsters.

    Cue for Quiet | Thomas L. Sherred
  • As they slowly sank there was turmoil and confusion amongst the finny observers below.

  • We entice from their native element the finny denizens of the brawling stream and the murmuring brook.

    Fibble, D. D. | Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for finny


/ (ˈfɪnɪ) /

adjective-nier or -niest
  1. poetic relating to or containing many fishes

  2. having or resembling a fin or fins

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