hinny

[ hin-ee ]
/ ˈhɪn i /

noun, plural hin·nies.

the sterile offspring of a male horse and a female donkey, similar in appearance and behavior to a mule, but usually smaller and with a more horselike head.

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Origin of hinny

First recorded in 1680–90; obsolete hinne (from Latin hinnus; akin to Greek gínnos “mule”) + -y2
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British Dictionary definitions for hinny (1 of 3)

hinny1
/ (ˈhɪnɪ) /

noun plural -nies

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

British Dictionary definitions for hinny (2 of 3)

hinny2
/ (ˈhɪnɪ) /

verb -nies, -nying or -nied

a less common word for whinny

British Dictionary definitions for hinny (3 of 3)

hinny3
/ (ˈhɪnɪ) /

noun

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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