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- proper n. A diminutive of the female given name Virginia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird, the turnstone, Strepsilas interpres.
- n. In coal-mining, same as jig, 6 .
- n. The traveler on the arm of a crane from which the bight of the chain and the hook-block of the crane depend.
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But when questioned, he averred stoutly that he and "Jinny" -- the mammal before alluded to -- could manage to rear the child.
S. Tom Lincoln says that their Jinny is a better cook than you.
"Tom Lincon says," said George, speaking with his mouth full, "that their Jinny is a better cook than you."
Mickie is very proud of his well-conditioned spouse, "Jinny" -- "Missus
Struggling, he still pursued his singular fancy: "There, now, steady, 'Jinny' -- steady, old girl.
Occasionally, the door opened softly, and the rector or one of the servants looked in to see "Jinny" or "Miss Jinny dressed for the party," and when such interruptions occurred, Mrs. Pendleton, who sat on an ottoman at the dressmaker's right hand and held a spool of thread and a pair of scissors in her lap, would say sternly, "Don't move, Jinny, stand straight or Miss Willy won't get the bows right."
"Jinny," said the Captain, "did you ever know why cabins are called staterooms?"
"Jinny," said the Colonel one day, "as we don't seem to be much use in town, I reckon we may as well go to Glencoe."
"Jinny," he said thickly, and she looked down and saw her own tears, dreadful drops, rolling off Brodrick's hands.
"Jinny," he said at last, "I'm going to talk truth to you."