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hiney

[ hahy-nee ]
/ ˈhaɪ ni /
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noun, plural hi·neys.Slang.
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What does hiney mean?

Hiney is a childish term for the buttocks (which is a technical word for the butt).

Hiney is a euphemism, meaning it’s a substitute for a word (like the name of a body part) that may be considered impolite to say. Hiney can also be spelled heinie.

Example: Oh, she’s fine—she just fell down and bumped her hiney.

Where does hiney come from?

The first records of hiney come from the first half of the 1900s. It is derived from words based on the root word hind, meaning “the back,” as in behind (another euphemism for the buttocks) and hindquarters. The suffix -y or -ie is used to add an endearing or euphemistic quality to words—to make them cuter or more familiar, as in granny and doggie.

Euphemisms like hiney are often used as substitutes for body parts or bodily functions. That’s why hiney is most often used by children (as in My hiney hurts) or by adults when talking to children (as in You’re OK—you’ve just got a little rash on your hiney). It can also be used by adults who are trying to be a bit silly or funny by using a childish word. Like other synonyms for butt, hiney is sometimes used to represent a person, as in Get your hiney over here! (This is called a synecdoche.) In any case, hiney is always used in informal contexts.

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What are some other forms of hiney?

What are some synonyms for hiney?

What are some words that share a root or word element with hiney

What are some words hiney may be commonly confused with?

  • heinie (Note: heinie is an alternate spelling for hiney, but it is also an offensive slur for a German person.)

How is hiney used in real life?

Hiney is a childish word that’s used by young children, adults who are speaking to them, or someone trying to be funny.

 

 

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Hiney is appropriate for formal situations, such as a doctor discussing anatomy.

How to use hiney in a sentence

  • And did the bees still give the same bonnie hiney, and were the red apples still in the far orchard?

    Richard Carvel, Complete|Winston Churchill
  • Hiney, there, was in a bakeshop all day at three and a half a week.

    The New Education|Scott Nearing
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