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  • Rhymes: -ɛni

Etymology 1[edit]

Abbreviated from Benzedrine


benny (plural bennies)

  1. (slang) An amphetamine tablet.
  2. (Britain, slang) A tantrum; a fit of furious or erratic behaviour.
    • 2001, "Neil Davey", Sacked Referees (on newsgroup
      BTW, you might like to see what happens to CM00-01 when one of your sticks of memory decides to have a benny:
    • 2010, Ian Sansom, The Bad Book Affair
      'Like I told the police, I think she's just having a benny.'
    • 2011, Kate Morgan, Wicked Games, page 34:
      "Stop having a benny, Liam." Gwen was getting agitated. Liam was failing miserably at his attempts to get Casey to back down.


benny (third-person singular simple present bennies, present participle bennying, simple past and past participle bennied)

  1. (slang, usually with "up") To take amphetamines.
    • 1963, Joe Grosscup, Fourth and One: By Lee Grosscup, page 268:
      Bulldog's habit of "bennying up" for the ball games had become a humorous item among the players.
    • 1980, Commercial motor carrier safety: hearing before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation:
      He had been on the road that long and so bennied up.
    • 2003, Jack Cady, Ghosts of Yesterday, →ISBN, page 104:
      "If you guys got any brains," the tired and bennied driver said, "you'll keep your sweet fannies t'hell out of it.

Etymology 2[edit]

Abbreviation of benefit

Alternative forms[edit]


benny (plural bennies)

  1. (informal) A benefit.
    • 2001, Scott Edwards, Programming and Customizing the Basic Stamp Computer, page 158:
      A benny of using an older modem is that it usually includes a good manual on the AT command set.
    • 2004, Mary Foley, Bodac!ous woman: outrageously in charge of your life and lovin' it!, page 100:
      A "benny" of being curious and continuing to learn and grow is that you []
    • 2000, Approach, volume 45, number 5, page 22:
      After depositing the larger items at the post office for the free ride home (a benny of being overseas: free mail), we headed back to the plane.

Etymology 3[edit]

Unknown or disputed. Attested from the late 19th century.[1] Possibly from benjamin, slang from the early 19th century for a type of greatcoat.[2] Possibly in reference to Uncle Benny or Uncle Ben (a pawnbroker), who might accept coats during the warm summer months, though the latter slang term does not appear to be attested before 1920.[3]


benny (plural bennies)

  1. (slang, dated) An overcoat.
    • 1902, Clarence Louis Cullen, More Ex-Tank Tales (page 32)
      [] and figuring on where the engraved papers were going to come from that 'ud enable me to yank one of the bennies out of the eaves. Nobody ever saw me without an overcoat, and the right kind of an overcoat, []
    • 1931, The Tomahawk of Alpha Sigma Phi (volume 28, issue 1, page 12)
      Horse-hide coats are common, but real "honest t' God" fur bennies are very, very scarce.
  2. (US, slang, obsolete) A straw hat. [early 20th century]
    • 1923, Owen Seaman, editor, Punch, volume 165, page 514:
      If lil ole Souttland is goin’ to keep her dome up in the golf department, an’ I tip my benny to her right now, she must put the kibosh on gin-hoisting an’ lay a stymie to every saloon.

Etymology 4[edit]

Clipping of eggs Benedict.


benny (plural bennies)

  1. (informal) Synonym of eggs Benedict
    • 2019 June 26, Amy Watkins, “Top 15 Brunch Spots in Vancouver, BC”, in Trip Savvy[3]:
      Buffet fans can brunch until your heart's content at Westin Bayshore’s H2 Rotisserie & Bar, where the daily breakfast buffet features free-range eggs cooked to order, bennies, pancakes, waffles, smoked bacon, sausage links, seasonal fruit, freshly made pastries, and much more.


  1. ^ Jonathon Green (2019), “benny, n.1”, in Green's Dictionary of Slang[1]
  2. ^ benjamin, n.2 Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
  3. ^ Jonathon Green (2019), “Uncle Benny, n.”, in Green's Dictionary of Slang[2]