from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The hybrid offspring of a male horse and a female donkey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The hybrid offspring of a stallion (male horse) and a she-ass (female donkey).
  • n. A term of endearment usually for women.
  • v. To whinny

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hybrid between a stallion and an ass; -- correlative of the mule.
  • n. A term of endearment; darling; -- corrupted from honey.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To neigh; whinny.
  • n. A mule got from a she-ass by a stallion.
  • n. A dialectal (Scotch) variant of honey.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. hybrid offspring of a male horse and a female donkey or ass; usually sterile


Alteration of Latin hinnus, from Greek ginnos, innos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin hinnus - possibly cognate with hinnire ("to whinny"). (Wiktionary)
Alteration of whinny, which is onomatopoeic. (Wiktionary)
From standard English honey. (Wiktionary)


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  • Aunt Patty said she should be lost without her "hinny," and George Wild remonstrated half angrily with her, for going off to leave him alone; but all to no effect -- Annie must go.

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  • "There's kames o 'hinny 'tween my luve's lips."] [Footnote 244: _Wawae-noho_.

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  • Will you show me -- every time I try to go, I, you know, bust my hinny.

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  • Mony a warsle he has had for that puir lassie — I am thinking he petitions mair for her than for yoursell, hinny; for what can he plead for you but just to wish you the blessing ye deserve?

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  • “Very true, hinny,” said he, succeeding forcibly in his attempt to get hold of her, “but suppose I should strip your cloak off first?”

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  • when a boy horse and a girl donkey love each other very much....

    May 21, 2010