noun, plural ninnies.
a fool or simpleton.

1585–95; perhaps generic use of pet form of Innocent proper name; see -y2

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ninny (ˈnɪnɪ)
n , pl -nies
a dull-witted person
[C16: perhaps from an innocent simpleton]

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"simpleton, fool," 1593, perhaps a misdivision of an innocent, or from the pet form of the proper name Innocent, with sense influenced by the name's literal meaning. There may be some influence in the word of It. ninno "baby, child."
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