hinny

[hin-ee]

Origin of hinny

1680–90; obsolete hinne (< Latin hinnus; akin to Greek gínnos mule) + -y2
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hinny

1
noun plural -nies
  1. the sterile hybrid offspring of a male horse and a female donkey or assCompare mule 1 (def. 1)

Word Origin for hinny

C17: from Latin hinnus, from Greek hinnos

hinny

2
verb -nies, -nying or -nied
  1. a less common word for whinny

hinny

3
noun
  1. Scot and Northern English dialect a term of endearment, esp for a woman or child

Word Origin for hinny

variant of honey
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Word Origin and History for hinny
n.

"offspring of a stallion and a she-ass," 1680s, from Latin hinnus, from Greek innos, ginnos, of unknown origin.

v.

"to neigh," c.1400, of imitative origin.

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