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

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Synonyms for ninny


berk [British], booby, charlie (also charley) [British], cuckoo, ding-a-ling, ding-dong, dingbat, dipstick, doofus [slang], featherhead, fool, git [British], goose, half-wit, jackass, lunatic, mooncalf, nincompoop, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, nut, nutcase, simp, simpleton, turkey, yo-yo

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Examples of ninny in a Sentence

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

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When this became public knowledge, Stephen Spender, Lasky’s deputy and more a ninny than a poet, resigned. David Pryce-jones, National Review, "The Cold War of Words," 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., "Canzano: Will annoying enthusiasm help MLB to PDX finally kill a dying shopping mall?," 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, "Universal's Virtual Line revamps queues for attractions," 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, "Do Not Anger the Travel Gods. Sweat the Details.," 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, "Review: A Scalding Take on Race in ‘White Guy on the Bus’," 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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English Language Learners Definition of ninny

informal + somewhat old-fashioned : a foolish or stupid person

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concealment of treason or felony

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