nin·​ny | \ ˈni-nē How to pronounce ninny (audio) \
plural ninnies

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only a ninny would try to cross a swollen, raging river was such a ninny that he kept forgetting my name, even though I was wearing a name tag
Recent Examples on the Web This part of a snow bath is: Yas ninny' bee táádigis bil ádi didiilchil dóó ádaah nidinííldah, or rub your face and body with snow and dust it off. Kiliii Yüyan, Travel + Leisure, 26 Nov. 2020 This Macbeth is something of a ninny, a lightweight who lounges on a throne that seems far too big for him. Kyle Smith, National Review, 2 Nov. 2019 When this became public knowledge, Stephen Spender, Lasky’s deputy and more a ninny than a poet, resigned. David Pryce-jones, National Review, 22 Aug. 2019 But the story goes that mall proponents had to overcome three tremendous obstacles: the Great Depression, World War II, and the city’s anti-growth ninnies., 1 Aug. 2019 There are plenty of things that people want to do at theme parks and water parks, including scream like ninnies on thrill rides, be transported to fantastic realms on sophisticated attractions, and cool down on exhilarating water slides. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, 13 June 2018 The Haggler notes that the dull and windy ninny whose name is attached to this column has flown all over the world and never contemplated buying a policy. David Segal, New York Times, 22 Oct. 2016 Mr. Graham, with the work’s stark conclusion, leaves you feeling like a simplistic ninny for ever thinking it might have been. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of ninny

1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ninny

perhaps by shortening & alteration from an innocent

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“Ninny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ninny

: a foolish or stupid person

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