Definition of jenny in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛni

noun (plural jennies)

1A female donkey or ass.
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  • Both jennies have foals each year which the couple sell on to fellow donkey lovers.
  • The ‘boys’ are pastured adjacent to the mares and jennies, and electric fencing keeps everybody back.
  • The first solution to this bottleneck appeared around 1765 when James Hargreaves, a carpenter by trade, invented his cotton-spinning jenny.
2 short for spinning jenny.
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  • The jenny had between six and twenty-four spindles mounted on a sliding carriage.


early 17th century (used to denote a female mammal or bird): pet form of the given name Janet (compare with jack1).

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