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

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 3 Feb. 2023.

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