ninnyhammer

[ nin-ee-ham-er ]
/ ˈnɪn iˌhæm ər /

noun

a fool or simpleton; ninny.

Nearby words

  1. ninja,
  2. ninja loan,
  3. ninjitsu,
  4. ninjutsu,
  5. ninny,
  6. ninon,
  7. ninon de lenclos,
  8. nintendo,
  9. ninth,
  10. ninth amendment

Origin of ninnyhammer

First recorded in 1585–95; ninny + hammer

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Examples from the Web for ninnyhammer

  • 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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Word Origin and History for ninnyhammer

ninnyhammer

n.

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

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