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benny1

[ben-ee] /ˈbɛn i/
noun, plural bennies. Slang.
1.
Benzedrine, especially in tablet form.
2.
any amphetamine tablet.
Origin of benny1
1950-1955
1950-55, Americanism; by alteration and shortening of Benzedrine; see -y2

benny2

[ben-ee] /ˈbɛn i/
noun
1.

benne

or benny

[ben-ee] /ˈbɛn i/
noun
1.
Southern U.S., especially South Carolina, and Bahamian English. the sesame plant or its seeds.
Origin
1760-70, Americanism; < Wolof, Malinke bene
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Examples from the Web for bennies
Historical Examples
  • The giants huge hand dropped upon bennies little one, and held it in a painful grasp.

    The Blind Brother Homer Greene
  • bennies father frowned, but the visitor smiled a cordial smile.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • Besides this, it was his place, as the older and stronger of the two, to be very brave and cheerful for bennies sake.

    The Blind Brother Homer Greene
  • He lifted the lamp from his cap again and held it up close to bennies face.

    The Blind Brother Homer Greene
  • The light of hope flashed up in bennies breast with the thought.

    The Blind Brother Homer Greene
  • The whisperings of conscience were drowned in the anticipation of bennies joy.

    The Blind Brother Homer Greene
  • He knew that for him bennies answer meant either a return to a measure of the old happiness, or a plunging into deeper misery.

    The Blind Brother Homer Greene
  • An besides that, my life aint worth savin any way, alongside o yours an bennies.

    The Blind Brother Homer Greene
British Dictionary definitions for bennies

benne

/ˈbɛnɪ/
noun
1.
another name for sesame
2.
benne oil, the edible oil obtained from sesame seeds
Word Origin
C18: from Malay bene; compare Bambara bene

benny1

/ˈbɛnɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
(old-fashioned, slang) an amphetamine tablet, esp benzedrine: a stimulant
Word Origin
C20: shortened from Benzedrine

benny2

/ˈbɛnɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
(US, slang) a man's overcoat
Word Origin
C19: from Benjamin, perhaps from a tailor's name

Benny

/ˈbɛnɪ/
noun
1.
Jack, real name Benjamin Kubelsky. 1894–1974, US comedian
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Contemporary definitions for bennies
noun

a benefit provided by an employer; a perk

Examples

You have lots of bennies to make up for lack of pay.

Usage Note

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Slang definitions & phrases for bennies

bennies

noun

Employer benefits such as health care, insurance, etc; fringes, perks: I like the pay, but the bennies stink (1970s+)

benny

modifier

: The kid was a benny addict

noun

Any amphetamine pill, esp Benzedrine2 (1950s+)

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