noun, plural ned·dies.

British Informal. donkey.
Australian Slang. a horse.

Origin of neddy

1780–90; apparently generic use of personal name Neddy; see Ned, -y2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for neddy

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

Examples from the Web for neddy

Historical Examples of neddy

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

  • 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


noun plural -dies

a child's word for a donkey
informal a silly person; fool
Australian informal a horse, esp a racehorsehe lost his money on the neddies

Word Origin for neddy

C18: from Ned, pet form of Edward
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