spinney 1590s, from O.Fr. espinei (Mod.Fr. épinaie) “place full of thorns and brambles,” from espine (see SPINE (Cf. spine)).

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  • Spinney — Spin ney, n.; pl. {Spinneys}. Same as {Spinny}. T. Hughes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spinney — a BrE word for a small wood or copse, has the plural form spinneys …   Modern English usage

  • spinney — ► NOUN (pl. spinneys) Brit. ▪ a small area of trees and bushes. ORIGIN Old French espinei, from Latin spinetum thicket …   English terms dictionary

  • spinney — [spin′ē] n. pl. spinneys [ME spenne, thorn hedge < OFr espinei < VL * spinēta, for L spinetum < spina, thorn, SPINE] Brit. a small wood; copse …   English World dictionary

  • Spinney — Caroll Edwin Spinney (* 26. Dezember 1933 in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA), auch bekannt als Carroll Spinney oder Ed Spinney, ist ein US amerikanischer Puppenspieler. Er spielt seit 1969 die Figuren Oscar und Bibo in der US amerikanischen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Spinney — This most interesting and unusual surname is of early medieval English and Old French origin, from the Middle English word spinney , a small wood or copse, deriving from the Old French espinel , ultimately from the Latin spina , a thorn bush.… …   Surnames reference

  • spinney — UK [ˈspɪnɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms spinney : singular spinney plural spinneys British a small area of land covered with trees and bushes …   English dictionary

  • spinney — Spinny Spin ny, n.; pl. {Spinnies}. [OF. espinaye,espinoye, espinei, espanoi, F. [ e]pinaie, from L. spinetum a thicket of thorns, fr. spina a thorn. See {Spine}.] A small thicket or grove with undergrowth; a clump of trees. [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spinney — [[t]spɪ̱ni[/t]] spinneys N COUNT A spinney is a small area covered with trees. [BRIT] Syn: copse (in AM, use copse) …   English dictionary

  • spinney — noun (plural spinneys) Etymology: Anglo French espinei thorny thicket, ultimately from Latin spinetum, from spina thorn Date: 1597 chiefly British a small wood with undergrowth …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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