Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, resembling, or characterized by a fen or fens.
  • adjective Archaic Inhabiting or found in fens.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as finewed.
  • Having the character of a fen; boggy; marshy.
  • Inhabiting or growing in fens; abounding in fens: as, fenny brake.
  • Muddy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or inhabiting, a fen; abounding in fens; swampy; boggy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Characteristic of a fen; marshy, swampy.
  • adjective Living or growing in a fen (now only of plants).

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English fenniġ.

Examples

  • The machinery is long gone and water mint, butterwort, dragonflies and frogs flourish in the fenny pools where grey crystals of galena were separated from the spoil, but the shells of the buildings remain.

    Country diary: Westgate, Weardale

  • Bharat Joshi The state is far better known for its beaches, carnivals, fenny and hotels than its hard – nosed industry, which, surprisingly, is a larger contributor to the state coffers and jobs.

    The Ship That Ran Aground in Goa

  • Bharat Joshi The state is far better known for its beaches, carnivals, fenny and hotels than its hard – nosed industry, which, surprisingly, is a larger contributor to the state coffers and jobs.

    The Ship That Ran Aground in Goa

  • Bharat Joshi The state is far better known for its beaches, carnivals, fenny and hotels than its hard – nosed industry, which, surprisingly, is a larger contributor to the state coffers and jobs.

    The Ship That Ran Aground in Goa

  • I can see them circling the thing, dressed in black robes, muttering about eyes of newt and fillets of fenny snakes.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • I can see them circling the thing, dressed in black robes, muttering about eyes of newt and fillets of fenny snakes.

    Life in Ottawa...

  • It was flat and somewhat fenny, a district more of pasture than agriculture, and not very thickly inhabited.

    Lavengro

  • On the second day we reached a marshy and fenny country, which, owing to immense quantities of rain which had lately fallen, was completely submerged.

    Lavengro

  • [97] Fresh water fowl, especially swans, were found in great numbers about the Asian Marsh, a fenny tract of country in

    The Iliad of Homer

  • In briefe, that it was a waterish and fenny countrey, and full of riuers, chanels, and ditches, and that therein was an innumerable multitude of boates and small shippes, as likewise great store of tall and seruiceable ships, wherewith they sailed vnto all quarters of the world, etc.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

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