noun, plural jen·nies.

the female of certain animals, especially a female donkey or a female bird: a jenny wren.

Origin of jenny

First recorded in 1590–1600; generic use of Jenny, proper name



or jen·nie


noun, plural jen·nies. Nautical Slang.

Origin of jenny

shortening and alteration of Genoa


or Jen·ny



a female given name, form of Jennifer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for jenny

horse, burro, mule, ass, pony, jackass, jennet, moke, maud, neddy

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British Dictionary definitions for jenny


noun plural -nies

a hand-operated machine for turning up the edge of a piece of sheet metal in preparation for making a joint
the female of certain animals or birds, esp a donkey, ass, or wren
short for spinning jenny
billiards snooker an in-offSee long jenny, short jenny

Word Origin for jenny

C17: from the name Jenny, diminutive of Jane
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Word Origin and History for jenny


fem. personal name, originally diminutive of Jane or Janet; attested from c.1600 as female equivalent of jack (n.), and like it applied to animals (e.g. Jenny wren, 1640s) and machinery (spinning jenny, 1783).

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