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[jen-ee] /ˈdʒɛn i/
noun, plural jennies.
the female of certain animals, especially a female donkey or a female bird:
a jenny wren.
Origin of jenny1
1590-1600; generic use of Jenny, proper name


[jen-ee] /ˈdʒɛn i/
noun, plural jennies. Nautical Slang.
Also, jennie.
shortening and alteration of Genoa Unabridged
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  • He then kills jenny, and uses his handiwork to viciously torment giles.
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  • When jenny finds and reactivates her sisters, she is beyond happy.
  • When jenny breaks them out of the park, however, chaos ensues.
  • They had a daughter, jenny hecht, who also became an actress.
British Dictionary definitions for jenny


noun (pl) -nies
a hand-operated machine for turning up the edge of a piece of sheet metal in preparation for making a joint
the female of certain animals or birds, esp a donkey, ass, or wren
short for spinning jenny
(billiards, snooker) an in-off See long jenny, short jenny
Word Origin
C17: from the name Jenny, diminutive of Jane
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Word Origin and History for jenny


fem. personal name, originally diminutive of Jane or Janet; attested from c.1600 as female equivalent of jack (n.), and like it applied to animals (e.g. Jenny wren, 1640s) and machinery (spinning jenny, 1783).

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