jenny

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[jen-ee]
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Origin of jenny

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

jenny

2

or jen·nie

[jen-ee]
noun, plural jen·nies. Nautical Slang.
  1. genoa.

Origin of jenny

2
shortening and alteration of Genoa

Jennie

or Jen·ny

[jen-ee]
noun
  1. a female given name, form of Jennifer.
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Related Words for jenny

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

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British Dictionary definitions for jenny

jenny

noun plural -nies
  1. a hand-operated machine for turning up the edge of a piece of sheet metal in preparation for making a joint
  2. the female of certain animals or birds, esp a donkey, ass, or wren
  3. short for spinning jenny
  4. 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

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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