ninny


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nin·ny

 (nĭn′ē)
n. pl. nin·nies
A fool; a simpleton.

[Perhaps alteration of innocent.]

ninny

(ˈnɪnɪ)
n, pl -nies
a dull-witted person
[C16: perhaps from an innocent simpleton]
ˈninnyish adj

nin•ny

(ˈnɪn i)

n., pl. -nies.
a fool or simpleton.
[1585–95; perhaps generic use of pet form of Innocent proper name; see -y2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ninny - a stupid foolish person
simpleton, simple - a person lacking intelligence or common sense

ninny

noun
One deficient in judgment and good sense:
Informal: dope, gander, goose.
Translations

ninny

[ˈnɪnɪ] Nbobo/a m/f

ninny

n (inf)Dussel m (inf)

ninny

[ˈnɪnɪ] n (fam) → sciocco/a
References in classic literature ?
The Colonel is a ninny, my dear; because he has two thousand a-year himself, he thinks that nobody else can marry on less.
Miss Catherine, as the ninny calls her, will discover his value, and send him to the devil.
His only servant was a sort of Jocrisse, a lad of the neighborhood, rather a ninny, trained slowly and with difficulty to du Bousquier's requirements.
He relates that he met at Brussels Rochefort, the AME DAMNEE of the cardinal disguised as a Capuchin, and that this cursed Rochefort, thanks to his disguise, had tricked Monsieur de Laigues, like a ninny as he is.
And after brandy, taken in sufficient quantity, it says, "Now, come, fool, grin and tumble, that your fellow-men may laugh - drivel in folly, and splutter in senseless sounds, and show what a helpless ninny is poor man whose wit and will are drowned, like kittens, side by side, in half an inch of alcohol.
Thus he sought pathetically enough to ingratiate himself with the young, and to prove to them beyond a doubt that though married to a ninny of a wife, and rather pale and bent and careworn by his weight of learning, he was as much alive as the youngest of them all.
And of course he's listening to her like a perfect ninny.
Don't quote that old ninny to me," cried Miss Cornelia.
I mean, I restored him to the bosom of the club, and compassionating the feebleness of his health and extreme lowness of his spirits, I recommended him to "take a little wine for his stomach's sake," and, when he was sufficiently re-established, to embrace the media-via, ni-jamais-ni-toujours plan - not to kill himself like a fool, and not to abstain like a ninny - in a word, to enjoy himself like a rational creature, and do as I did; for, don't think, Helen, that I'm a tippler; I'm nothing at all of the kind, and never was, and never shall be.
I was thinking of the younger son, whom I once classed as a ninny, but who came back so ill from Nigeria.
I ought to have gone without a word to the poor dear doting old creature, and taken her out of the hands of that ninny Briggs, and that harpy of a femme de chambre.
Furthermore, OED itself in its latest online update (via Darryl) has revised two of these words, NINNY and PIPPY, to i/e.