noun, plural nin·nies.

  1. a fool or simpleton.

noun plural -nies

  1. a dull-witted person

“simpleton, fool,” 1590s, perhaps a misdivision of an innocent (see N for other examples), or from the pet form of the proper name Innocent, with sense influenced by the name’s literal meaning. There may be some influence in the word of Italian ninno “baby, child.”

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