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n. pl. jen·nies
1. The female of certain animals, especially a donkey or a wren.
2. A spinning jenny.

[From the name Jenny.]


n, pl -nies
1. (Mechanical Engineering) a hand-operated machine for turning up the edge of a piece of sheet metal in preparation for making a joint
2. (Animals) the female of certain animals or birds, esp a donkey, ass, or wren
3. (Mechanical Engineering) short for spinning jenny
4. (Billiards & Snooker) billiards snooker an in-off. See long jenny, short jenny
[C17: from the name Jenny, diminutive of Jane]


(ˈdʒɛn i)

n., pl. -nies.
2. the female of certain animals, esp. a female donkey or a female bird.
[1590–1600; generic use of Jenny, proper name]


A female donkey, but it was also a name sometimes applied to female mules.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Jenny - United States architect who designed the first skyscraper in which a metal skeleton was used (1832-1907)
2.jenny - female donkey
ass - hardy and sure-footed animal smaller and with longer ears than the horse


n (= donkey)Eselin f; (= mule)weibliches Maultier; (= spinning jenny)(frühe) Feinspinnmaschine
References in classic literature ?
Mary Kinglsey insisted on lending her her watch till recess, and Jenny Snow, a satirical young lady, who had basely twitted Amy upon her limeless state, promptly buried the hatchet and offered to furnish answers to certain appalling sums.
Hannah is the oldest, I come next, then John, then Jenny, then Mark, then Fanny, then Mira.
Oh no, if you please'm; that's a damask table-cloth belonging to Jenny Wren; look how it's stained with currant wine
The nurse-girl who sent Jenny to see what Tommy and Totty were doing and "tell 'em they mustn't" knew infantile nature.
But he thought it was a ball, and Jenny Wren had told him that boys kick balls, so he kicked it; and after that he could not find it anywhere.
I would n't let many girls in to see my poor Jenny, because they 'd only flutter and worry her; but you
Lizzie, you show the folks upstairs; Kitty, you fly round and help father in with the trunks; and Jenny and I will have the table all ready by the time you come down.
Belyve,* the elder bairns come drapping in, At service out, amang the farmers roun'; Some ca' the pleugh, some herd, some tentie** rin A cannie*** errand to a neebor town: Their eldest hope, their Jenny, woman grown, In youthfu' bloom, love sparkling in her e'e Comes hame, perhaps, to show a braw new gown, Or deposite her sair-won penny-fee,*** To help her parents dear, if they in hardship be.
I'll make it to fit my niece, Jenny Gillis, for she and Anne are as like as two peas as far as figure goes.
A short account of Jenny Jones, with the difficulties and discouragements which may attend young women in the pursuit of learning.
And this new boy would most likely never go out of the close, and would be afraid of wet feet, and always getting laughed at, and called Molly, or Jenny, or some derogatory feminine nickname.
If I swing by the string I shall hear the bell ring And then there's an end of poor Jenny.