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

Origin of ninny

1585–95; perhaps generic use of pet form of Innocent proper name; see -y2

Other words from ninny

  • nin·ny·ish, adjective

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How to use ninny in a sentence

  • Before forty there is yet a chance that the budding ninny may desert, and degenerate into a prig, a Philistine, or a physician.

  • And you would spill blood sooner than your betters should know it—ye ninny-cumpoops!

  • You ninny, do you suppose it was by accident that Elsin Grey became our guest?

    The Reckoning | Robert W. Chambers
  • But I went to the girl herself, as you would have done if you hadn't been such a ninny; but you're always a ninny.

    East Angels | Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • He's not such a ninny-headed feller neither as you seem to take him for, Mr. Sedley.

    Manners, Vol 2 of 3 | Frances Brooke

British Dictionary definitions for ninny


/ (ˈnɪnɪ) /

nounplural -nies
  1. a dull-witted person

Origin of ninny

C16: perhaps from an innocent simpleton

Derived forms of ninny

  • ninnyish, adjective

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