See also: jenny and Jenný

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Jen +‎ -y, historically as a hypochoristic form of Janet, Jane, etc. or (rarely) Eugenia, Virginia, etc. but now more often used as a diminutive of Jennifer.

Doublet of Ivanka, Jan, Janelle, Janet, Janey, Janine, Jeanette, Jeanie, Jeannette, Jeannine, Jen, Jenna, Jenny, Jessie, Jo, Jody, Juanita, Shanae, Sinead, and Vanna in derivations from Jane etc.

In senses related to inanimate objects, partially derived from the generic senses of Jane and partially an informal pronunciation of engine. (This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium. Particularly: “Source required for the claim of "engine" here.”)

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɛni/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛni
  • Hyphenation: Jen‧ny
  • Homophone: Genny

Proper nounEdit

Jenny (plural Jennies)

  1. A female given name.
    • 1837 Leigh Hunt, Jenny Kissed Me:
      Jenny kissed me when we met,
      Jumping from the chair she sat in;
      Time, you thief, who love to get
      Sweets into your list, put that in!
      Say I'm weary, say I'm sad,
      Say that health and wealth have missed me,
      Say I'm growing old, but add,
      Jenny kissed me.
    • 1840 Frederick Marryat, Poor Jack, Chapter IV,
      All this I recollect, but little more, except my mother gave me several beatings for calling my sister "Jenny", which I had learnt to do from others who knew her; but when my mother heard them, she was always very angry, and told them that her child had not such a vulgar name; at which many would laugh, and make a point of calling out "Jenny" to Virginia whenever they passed and saw her at the door.

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DescendantsEdit

  • Dutch: Jenny
  • Faroese: Jenný
  • Finnish: Jenny
  • German: Jenny
  • Spanish: Jenny
  • Swedish: Jenny

TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

Jenny (plural Jennies)

  1. (UK, informal) A Wren (a member of the WRNS).
  2. (slang) A Curtiss JN-4 airplane.
  3. Alternative letter-case form of jenny.

Derived termsEdit


CebuanoEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English Jenny.

Proper nounEdit

Jenny

  1. a female given name from English

DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English Jenny.

Proper nounEdit

Jenny

  1. a female given name

NorwegianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English Jenny.

Proper nounEdit

Jenny

  1. a female given name

SwedishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English Jenny, diminutive of Jane. First recorded in Sweden in 1767. Later also used as a Swedish diminutive of Eugenia.

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Jenny c (genitive Jennys)

  1. a female given name

ReferencesEdit

  • Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn, Almqvist & Wiksell 1996, →ISBN
  • [1] Statistiska centralbyrån and Sture Allén, Staffan Wåhlin, Förnamnsboken, Norstedts 1995, →ISBN: 47 317 females with the given name Jenny living in Sweden on December 31st, 2010, with the frequency peak in the 1970s. Accessed on 19 June 2011.