spinning jenny


an early spinning machine having more than one spindle, enabling a person to spin a number of yarns simultaneously.

Nearby words

  1. spinnery,
  2. spinney,
  3. spinning,
  4. spinning box,
  5. spinning frame,
  6. spinning mule,
  7. spinning reel,
  8. spinning ring,
  9. spinning rod,
  10. spinning top

Origin of spinning jenny

First recorded in 1775–85

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British Dictionary definitions for spinning jenny

spinning jenny


an early type of spinning frame with several spindles, invented by James Hargreaves in 1764

Word Origin for spinning jenny

C18: see jenny; the reason for the adoption of the woman's name is unclear

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