noun, plural jen·nies.
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noun, plural jen·nies. Nautical Slang.
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What does jenny mean?
The word jenny is used to refer to certain female animals, especially a female donkey or female bird.
When capitalized, Jenny is a proper name. Its sense referring to female donkeys is typically used in technical discussions of breeding. Unrelatedly, jenny can also refer to the spinning jenny, a machine for spinning yarn.
Example: I raise donkeys, and our jenny just had a foal.
Where does jenny come from?
Jenny is probably best known as a name. Many people are named Jenny, but it can also be a nickname. Today, it’s often used as a nickname for Jennifer (like Jenny from the Block), but traditionally it has also been used as a nickname for Janet and Jane. Jenny as a proper name for girls is typically cited as the basis of its use to refer to a female animal. The first records of this sense come from the 1600s.
You’ve heard of a jackass—the term literally refers to a male donkey and comes from the name Jack. The female equivalent is a jenny-ass. Jenny is most commonly associated with female donkeys, but jenny has historically been used as a term for other female animals, particularly birds, especially wrens.
Jenny was once used as a short way of saying spinning jenny, a spinning machine that allowed multiple threads to be spun at once, rather than just one. It’s unclear why jenny was used in its name.
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How is jenny used in real life?
The word jenny referring to a female animal is most commonly applied to donkeys, typically by people who work with donkeys.
Hi, Donkey!!! This adorable five-day old Jenny (a female donkey in farmer language) makes me so happy. I wish I could pet her! She is at my mom and dad’s farm in Florida. So cute!!! @FlemRarSchools pic.twitter.com/xXMx9HMCRV
— Kari McGann (@karimcgann) March 21, 2020
— Harry Growler (@hairygrowler) March 24, 2020
Up my garden:
Great to see Jenny Wren working hard along the picket fence, bobbing in and out staccato fashion.
Back lawn looking its best in early spring sunshine and before big oak tree comes into leaf.
Magpie ‘colony’ on the move today, counted 9 without trying
— Henry Exton (@ExtonH) March 24, 2020
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Is jenny used correctly in the following sentence?
The offspring of a jenny and a male horse is called a hinny.
Example sentences from the Web for jenny
Then the commercial weight loss behemoths Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig joined this crowded field.
Will you work with Jenny Slate, John Daly, John Mulaney, etc. moving forward?
Liz G., one half of “Publizity” [the other half of which, Liz B, is played by Jenny Slate] is one of the best on the show.
Jenny Slate and Rosario Dawson make out at midnight because everything is beautiful and nothing hurts.High-End Pervs Film Benedict Cumberbatch and Reese Witherspoon Sucking Face|Amy Zimmerman|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Jenny Packham has proven an ideal fit for the Duchess,” Kelly said.
Perhaps Jenny's concern with it kept her from the perception that not Glenfernie only was changing or had changed.Foes|Mary Johnston
Jenny Lind has latterly slipped from the public eye into the shades of her newly-found domestic life.
Jenny longed to peep round the kitchen door at the visitor, but she was afraid that Ruby would carry on about it.Carnival|Compton Mackenzie
Thomas, for that was the swain's name, made an assignation one night to meet Jenny in the orchard at Allanbank.Scottish Ghost Stories|Elliott O'Donnell
"Ready," said Dab, and the "Jenny" glided gracefully away from the landing with the starting push he gave her.