a fool or simpleton; ninny.

Origin of ninnyhammer

First recorded in 1585–95; ninny + hammer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for ninnyhammer

spastic, spaz

Examples from the Web for ninnyhammer

Historical Examples of ninnyhammer

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

    Mrs. Tree

    Laura E. Richards

British Dictionary definitions for ninnyhammer



US and Canadian a ninny

Word Origin for ninnyhammer

origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for ninnyhammer

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

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