American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British A small grove; a copse.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small wood with undergrowth; a clump of trees or shrubs; a small grove or shrubbery.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Same as spinny.
- n. a copse that shelters game
- From Middle English spenné, from Middle French espinoye ("thorney thicket"), espinaye, from Latin spīnētum ("thorney thicket"), from Latin spīna ("thorn"). (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete French espinoi, from Old French espinei, thorny place, from Vulgar Latin *spīnēta, pl. of Latin spīnētum, thorn hedge, from spīna, thorn. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The spinney was a mixture of beech, ash, sycamore and elm, more recent planting than the woodland they'd been in the previous night.”
“I was here alone in a lonely field, at nine of the clock on a winter night, and there, flittering and gliding through the spinney was a something in white.”
“We blew the road and retreated and things went a little quieter, the Northumberland Hussars covered us while we retreated and as we had not slept for 3days and nights, we pulled into a little spinney and had some food, a wash, and slept.”
“The samples of his verse that Mr. Hollinghurst invents are perfectly pitched to be good but not great: "The spinney where the lisping larches / Kiss overhead in silver arches / And in their shadows lovers too / Might kiss and tell their secrets through," is a typical jingling passage.”
“Procurement struggles are like knife fights in a dark alley: no time to show weakness. recommendation to obama: put chuck spinney in charge.”
“Then its time I showed ya, spinney fish, came a gravelly mans voice I didnt recognize.”
“That spinney head, Spader thought as he and Per both raced toward the bow of the vessel.”
“By the time they got the pipe back together, Spader noticed that the deck wasnt bucking like a crazed spinney fish anymore.”
“Like when you trip over an old plough left in a spinney between fields, and when you've finished having a good swear you discover the maker's name embossed on a crossbar shouting back at you, albeit somewhat rustily.”
“So it is that this old mother tree with an apronful of children is forever growing down to the lawns and propagating young, so that when she eventually dies they will already have grown up and become a spinney.”
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