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noun, plural nin·nies.
  1. a fool or simpleton.
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Origin of ninny

1585–95; perhaps generic use of pet form of Innocent proper name; see -y2
Related formsnin·ny·ish, adjective
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Related Words for ninnies

clod, dunce, stooge, imbecile, victim, lightweight, bore, sap, nerd, dolt, bonehead, oaf, cretin, idiot, nitwit, simple, buffoon, moron, nincompoop, jackass

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British Dictionary definitions for ninnies


noun plural -nies
  1. a dull-witted person
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Derived Formsninnyish, adjective

Word Origin for ninny

C16: perhaps from an innocent simpleton
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Word Origin and History for ninnies



"simpleton, fool," 1590s, perhaps a misdivision of an innocent (see N for other examples), or from the pet form of the proper name Innocent, with sense influenced by the name's literal meaning. There may be some influence in the word of Italian ninno "baby, child."

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