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ninnyhammer

[nin-ee-ham-er]
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noun
  1. a fool or simpleton; ninny.
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Origin of ninnyhammer

First recorded in 1585–95; ninny + hammer
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Related Words

ninnyhammerspasticspaz

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  • That will do, Direxia; you mean well, but you are a ninnyhammer.

    Mrs. Tree

    Laura E. Richards


British Dictionary definitions for ninnyhammer

ninnyhammer

noun
  1. US and Canadian a ninny
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Word Origin

origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for ninnyhammer

n.

also ninny-hammer, "simpleton," 1590s, from ninny + hammer (n.), but the signification of the second element is obscure.

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