spin·​ney ˈspi-nē How to pronounce spinney (audio)
plural spinneys
chiefly British
: a small wood with undergrowth

Examples of spinney in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sculptural ceiling lights inspired by a Franz West exhibition Edie visited at Tate Modern in 2019 were made by her best friend, the artist Christabel MacGreevy, and side tables were crafted from chunks of pine from a spinney on the property by the designer James Shaw. Ellie Pithers, Vogue, 10 Sep. 2021

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Word History


Anglo-French espinei thorny thicket, ultimately from Latin spinetum, from spina thorn

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spinney was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Spinney.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinney. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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