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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin spīnētum.


spinny (plural spinnies)

  1. Alternative spelling of spinney
    • Charles Kingsley
      The downs rise steep, crowned with black fir spinnies.

Etymology 2[edit]

spin +‎ -y


spinny (comparative spinnier, superlative spinniest)

  1. (informal) Associated with spinning; moving with a spinning motion.
    • 1997, DAN Seemiller, M Holowchak, Winning Table Tennis: Skills, Drills, and Strategies - all 3 versions »
      The sound at contact should be solid and crisp, not “spinny.”
    • 2003, Ian S. Ginns, Stephen J. Norton, and Campbell J. McRobbie, "Adding Value to the Teaching and Learning of Design and Technology", in Pupils Attitudes Towards Technology Annual Conference June 2003, p 115-118
      “It is a spinny thing with wires in it, with the wires wrapped around something (coil) and N and S (unsure what N and S were)."
    • 2006, J Purkis, Finding a Different Kind of Normal: Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome
      Then you got a double whammy - your eyes were full of orange and your head was spinny and dizzy.

Etymology 3[edit]

Compare spiny.


spinny (comparative more spinny, superlative most spinny)

  1. (Britain, dialect, obsolete) thin and long; slim; slender

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for spinny in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)