Definition of spinney in US English:



  • A small area of trees and bushes.

    • ‘To the back of the house is a wood, parkland and spinney.’
    • ‘And think of the features that make our landscape so gorgeously English: the hedgerows, drystone walls and the shady copses and spinneys punctuating the expanses of green.’
    • ‘It has panoramic views of the golf course and is nestled in a spinney just off Leigh Road.’
    • ‘A site was chosen near the college focus overlooking a south-facing meadow that slopes down to a spinney, and three new three-storey blocks have been created at the top of the rise.’
    • ‘At daybreak they lay up together in a place she showed him deep within a spinney.’
    • ‘My mum and dad sold the old farmhouse to a young, retired businessman from the South, and built a new home in the old spinney.’
    • ‘The club has spent wisely on the course recently in reshaping the fairways, re-designing bunkers and spinneys and treating the fairways and greens.’
    • ‘Tee boxes have been enlarged, new bunkers built, and spinneys cleaned and made more user friendly!’
    forest, woodland, trees
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Late 16th century: shortening of Old French espinei, from an alteration of Latin spinetum ‘thicket’, from spina ‘thorn’.