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noun, plural hin·nies.
  1. the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey.Compare mule1(defs 1, 2).
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Origin of hinny

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

  • Beggars dinna work, hinny, said he—but do not be in a passion.

    Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume 19


  • But ye're just like a' the women, hinny—their outcry is aye about expense and danger.

  • And oh, hinny, but your mother had been a weel-faured woman in her day!

  • And who tould the like of ye, how to make a brum like that, hinny?

    Adle Dubois

    Mrs. William T. Savage

  • The difference between the mule and the hinny would seem to be explicable on this supposition.

British Dictionary definitions for hinny


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

C17: from Latin hinnus, from Greek hinnos


verb -nies, -nying or -nied
  1. a less common word for whinny
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  1. Scot and Northern English dialect a term of endearment, esp for a woman or child
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Word Origin for hinny

variant of honey
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Word Origin and History for hinny


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

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

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