One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The offspring of a female donkey and a male horse.
- ‘Livestock means cattle, horses, asses, mules, hinnies, sheep, pigs, goats, poultry, and deer not in the wild state.’
- ‘A cross between a female donkey (jennet or jenny) and a male horse produces a hinny.’
- ‘A female donkey mated with a male horse creates a hinny or jennet.’
Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek hinnos.
nounNorthern English, Scottish
Used as a term of endearment.
- ‘Will ye go with me, my hinny and my heart?’
- ‘Hey hinny come home to your little baby.’
Early 19th century: variant of honey.
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