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ninnyhammer

[ nin-ee-ham-er ]
/ ˈnɪn iˌhæm ər /
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noun
a fool or simpleton; ninny.
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Origin of ninnyhammer

First recorded in 1585–95; ninny + hammer

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How to use ninnyhammer in a sentence

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

    Mrs. Tree|Laura E. Richards

British Dictionary definitions for ninnyhammer

ninnyhammer
/ (ˈnɪnɪˌhæmə) /

noun
US and Canadian a ninny

Word Origin for ninnyhammer

origin unknown
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