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 Jennet.Jenny l’Ouvrière. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Jenny.
 
The spinning jenny means the little spinning engine. The word is a corrupt diminutive, ’ginie. It is an error to derive the word from the inventor’s wife or daughter, seeing his wife’s name was Elizabeth, and he had no daughter.   1
 


 Jennet.Jenny l’Ouvrière. 

 
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