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Nonny

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Nonny A silly fellow; a ninny.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nonny non′i a meaningless refrain in Old English ballads, &c., usually 'hey, nonny'—often repeated nonny-nonny, nonino, as a cover for obscenity.
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Usage

In literature:

But they shall not so; Hey nonny, nonny no!
"The Home Book of Verse, Vol. 2 (of 4)" by Various
The principal cities are Kirin and Sansin on the main stream, and Sit-si-gar on the Nonni, one of its tributaries.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
It is the noble count who is a nonny.
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
Then there were the Morris-dances, "Shepherd's Hey" (with nothing about a "nonny-nonny" in it), and "Haste to the Wedding.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, July 1, 1914" by Various
Slipping on his snow racquets and once more shouldering his nonny-bag, he strode off toward his next trap.
"Labrador Days" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
For and hey-nonny-no in an old ivy-tree.
"Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age" by Various
Then hey nonny nonny, hey nonny nonny!
"The Golden Treasury" by Various
For it's nonny, hey nonny, no life is long; Oh, merry be ye here below!
"Harper's Round Table, July 2, 1895" by Various
Oh, Nonny, I don't want any one to be sorry for me.
"Gabriel Tolliver" by Joel Chandler Harris
Night, Nonnie and my little baasjes.
"Outa Karel's Stories" by Sanni Metelerkamp
And hey nonny no for the gay Pioneer!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 107. August 4, 1894." by Various
Nonnie's only twenty-one, and he's, he's?
"Three Little Women's Success" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
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In news:

In the low-slung basement of the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, Nonny De La Peña, a documentary filmmaker, was fitting a helmet and goggles onto a woman dressed in a skirt and sweater.
Rosemary Barbara "Bobbie" Murphy, better known as "Nonny," 86, of Newtown, died at home, December 9, after a brief illness.
She was born Dec 17, 1926, in Granville, Okla. To the late Nonnie and Marshall Emerson.
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