AskDefine | Define ninnyhammer

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  1. a foolish person; a simpleton
    • 1608, A Yorkshire Tragedy, dubiously claimed to be by William Shakespeare
      Why, the more fool she; aye, the more ninny hammer she.
    • 1712, John Arbuthnot ''John Bull
      "You silly, awkward, ill-bred country sow," quoth one, "have you no more manners than to rail at Hocus that has saved that clod-pated numskulled ninny-hammer of yours from ruin, and all his family?


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