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ninnyhammer

[nin-ee-ham-er] /ˈnɪn iˌhæm ər/
noun
1.
a fool or simpleton; ninny.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; ninny + hammer
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ninnyhammer

/ˈnɪnɪˌhæmə/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian) a ninny
Word Origin
origin unknown
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ninnyhammer

n.

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

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