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neddy

[ned-ee]
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noun, plural ned·dies.
  1. British Informal. donkey.
  2. Australian Slang. a horse.
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Origin of neddy

1780–90; apparently generic use of personal name Neddy; see Ned, -y2
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Examples from the Web for neddy

Historical Examples

  • I did not tell you what happened to me when I was in the city, Neddy.

    The Rambles of a Rat

    A. L. O. E.

  • No, Neddy, I did not punish the child, replied the former gravely.

  • I am no conceited body; no newspaper Neddy; no pothouse witty person.

    The Romany Rye

    George Borrow

  • For Neddy soon began to follow his friend about, and to imitate everything that he did.

    Live Toys

    Emma Davenport

  • We took off the saddle and bridle, and invited Neddy to enter.

    Live Toys

    Emma Davenport


British Dictionary definitions for neddy

neddy

noun plural -dies
  1. a child's word for a donkey
  2. informal a silly person; fool
  3. Australian informal a horse, esp a racehorsehe lost his money on the neddies
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Word Origin

C18: from Ned, pet form of Edward
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