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tranny

Syllabification: tran·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈtranē
 
/
(also trannie)

Definition of tranny in English:

noun

informal
1A transvestite.
Example sentences
  • You don't have to be a tranny to deviate from the rules of the gender game.
  • When I was at Forest and Liverpool, there was a tranny called Queeny that used to send me flowers before every game.
  • Yes, it causes problems, but then I'm guessing Creepy doesn't wear too many skirts or dresses, which if so makes her a tranny too.
2North American The transmission in a motor vehicle.
Example sentences
  • Loads of trannies of all persuasions - the good, the bad and the ugly, as it were - and there were about five guys and perhaps a similar number of real women.
4chiefly British A transistor radio.
Example sentences
  • Walking down Carnaby Street in a miniskirt, with the Beatles on the tranny, while blokes on building sites gave you a wolf whistle.
  • I packed the tranny for our holiday in the Far North.
  • Not that sitting at a computer is an acceptable substitute for doing what I do, which is the terribly naff habit of lugging the tranny around with me.

Origin

1960s: abbreviation.

Words that rhyme with tranny

Annie, ca'canny, canny, cranny, Danny, fanny, granny, nanny

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