hinny

hinny

[hin-ee]
noun, plural hinnies.
the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey. Compare mule1 ( defs 1, 2 ).

Origin:
1680–90; obsolete hinne (< Latin hinnus; akin to Greek gínnos mule) + -y2

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hinny1 (ˈhɪnɪ)
 
n , pl -nies
Compare mule the sterile hybrid offspring of a male horse and a female donkey or ass
 
[C17: from Latin hinnus, from Greek hinnos]

hinny2 (ˈhɪnɪ)
 
vb , -nies, -nying, -nied
a less common word for whinny

hinny3 (ˈhɪnɪ)
 
n
dialect (Scot), (Northern English) a term of endearment, esp for a woman or child
 
[variant of honey]

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hinny
"offspring of a stallion and a she-ass," 1688, from L. hinnus, from Gk. innos, ginnos, of unknown origin.
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