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Etymology 1Edit

From Latin hinnus – possibly cognate with hinnire (to whinny).

NounEdit

hinny (plural hinnies)

  1. The hybrid offspring of a stallion (male horse) and a she-ass (female donkey).
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Etymology 2Edit

Alteration of whinny, which is onomatopoeic.

VerbEdit

hinny (third-person singular simple present hinnies, present participle hinnying, simple past and past participle hinnied)

  1. To whinny

Etymology 3Edit

From standard English honey.

NounEdit

hinny (plural hinnies)

  1. (Geordie) A term of endearment usually for women.
    • 2016, Kerry Greenwood, Murder and Mendelssohn, Sydney: Allen and Unwin, page 310:
      `You will make a great diagnostician, nae doot, my hinny, but you need tae improve your bedside manner.'

ReferencesEdit

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967
  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, →ISBN
  • Northumberland Words, English Dialect Society, R. Oliver Heslop, 1893–4
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [1]