Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See spinney.
  • Thin; slender; slim; lank.

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

  • adjective Obs. or Prov. Eng. Thin and long; slim; slender.
  • noun A small thicket or grove with undergrowth; a clump of trees.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of spinney.
  • adjective UK, dialect, obsolete thin and long; slim; slender
  • adjective informal Associated with spinning; moving with a spinning motion.

Etymologies

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From Latin spina.

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Compare spiny.

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spin +‎ -y

Examples

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  • "Yeah. So that was a bit spinny!" she tells me with classic understatement. Be clear. When Sandra says that something was "a bit spinny" or "freaky" or "eerie," or "a bit of a rocky road" or "scary Mary," what she means is that a pit cracked open beneath her feet, dropping her straight into the liquid center of the earth."
    Sarah Krasnostein, The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2017), ch. 15

    (The speaker is Australian.)

    January 28, 2019