Definitions

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

  • n. The female of certain animals, especially the donkey and the wren.
  • n. A spinning jenny.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A device for spinning thread from fiber onto multiple spindles (also called spinning jenny).
  • n. A female creature of certain kinds, such as wren and donkey.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A familiar or pet form of the proper name Jane.
  • n. A familiar name of the European wren.
  • n. A machine for spinning a number of threads at once, -- used in factories. Also called spinning jenny.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female bird; used especially as a prefix, as in jenny-heron, jenny-howlet, jenny-jay, jenny-wren, etc.
  • n. Specifically A wren: usually called jenny-wren.
  • n. A female ass: also called jenny-ass.
  • n.
  • n. A locomotive-crane; a self-propelling crane used for carrying heavy weights.
  • n. Compasses with one end bent inward.
  • n. A stroke iu English billiards, originally a losing hazard made from balk into a middle pocket, the object-ball being near the pocket, but below it: now applied to any acute-angled pocketing placed from balk to a ball outside, and thence into any of the four pockets beyond balk.

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

  • n. United States architect who designed the first skyscraper in which a metal skeleton was used (1832-1907)
  • n. female donkey

Etymologies

From the name Jenny.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the name Jenny, a diminutive of Janet. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • July 2nd, 2009 1: 03 pm ET sanford has lost all credibility. he needs to resign and return to the private sector. he has not been forthcoming from the first, lying to his wife and family, to the state of S. C, to his voters. he might have also lied to maria, his mistress in argentina. jenny is delusional by holding onto mark sanford who truly loves another woman.

    Sanford book deal falls through

  • But jenny is a moralizing, fundamentalist "christian" nattering about morals.

    Jenny Sanford on her husband: 'The ball is in his court'

  • A jenny is a difficult in-off shot to the middle pocket, usually with the object ball close to the side-cushion; a pair of breeches is a simultaneous in-off and pot red in the top pockets. (p. 19)

    The Sky Writer

  • I got changed, called jenny here at work, told her to walk over so she could carry the TV, and so she did! awesome.

    withkerth Diary Entry

  • Briana Turner, Wetsbury Christian: The freshman had 23 points in the TAPPS 3A semifinals and 16 in the final to help lead the Wildcats to their third consecutive state title jenny.dial@chron.com

    chron.com Chronicle

  • It's funny that you guys mention all those millions and millions of Teal fans that disagree with me, but you for are the only ones that I see: the chef, the girl with the cup, the so call jenny, and dan, danny, whatever his/her name is.

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  • Also, I didn't know that 'jenny' was the defender of Michael Moore.

    Michael Moore’s Top 20 Movies of 2009 and Why The Hurt Locker is “Very Political” | /Film

  • About the subject in hand i think Mischa Barton would have don a better Georgina that "the key" lol she is to much, i dont know... "jenny".

    First Look: New GOSSIP GIRL Georgina Sparks | the TV addict

  • She was now alone with Mary at her "jenny," and had already become so expert that those who understood such matters prophesied she would soon be promoted to the "twisting and doubling."

    Reels and Spindles A Story of Mill Life

  • (After all, my e-mail address at work is just "jenny," a fact that many people point out.)

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  • Reminds me of the classic poem:

    Jenny kissed me when we met,
    Jumping from the chair she sat in,
    Time, you thief, who love to get
    Sweets into your list, put that in.

    Say I’m weary, say I’m sad,
    Say that health and wealth have missed me,
    Say I’m growing old, but add
    Jenny kissed me.

    March 18, 2008

  • This name always reminds me of Matilda's haiku, from Roald Dahl's book, and sweet, slim, smart Miss Honey.

    March 16, 2008

  • How romantic, slumry! *grin* That sounds more than a bit like the literary couple Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe.

    March 16, 2008

  • I am eternally grateful that that's NOT my number. Can you imagine the crank calls?

    February 10, 2008

  • Also features in "867-5309/Jenny" by Tommy Tutone.

    February 10, 2008

  • The name Jenny figures in these two songs:
    Jenny, Jenny, 1957, Little Richard
    Jenny, Take a Ride!, 1966, Mitch Ryder

    February 9, 2008

  • Yep, slumry's right. Jenny usually refers either to a female bird or a female donkey, but joey doesn't refer to gender at all, just to age.

    July 25, 2007

  • Not exactly opposite--I think joey refers to babyhood rather than gender. I wonder if a baby female kangaroo is a joey too.

    July 25, 2007

  • *Really*? Like the opposite of a joey?

    July 24, 2007

  • The female of some animals--Jenny Wren insisted on coming in our house one winter, no matter how many times she was put out. Honest. (Also my grandmother's name--my grandfather-to-be dipped her red braids in the inkwell, I am told)

    July 24, 2007