Definition of pinny in English:



British informal
  • A pinafore.

    • ‘For Donna, kitchen dress is a white shirt under her pinny.’
    • ‘Come on, try and imagine me, Mike Da Hat, rock star, wearing white kid gloves and a pinny.’
    • ‘The waitresses wore black frocks and white pinnies.’
    • ‘This is Heartbeat meets The Royal meets Where the Heart Is, set in the quaint 1950s Northern Englandshire of classic motorbikes ridden by be-goggled simpletons with wholesome wives dressed in floral pinnies.’
    • ‘She may find herself torn between donning a pinny to serve spaghetti hoops or acquiring a big hat for the winner's enclosure at Newmarket.’
    • ‘This beautiful, green-eyed film star with the perfect cheekbones might seem more obviously at home in a ballgown in some 1940s Hollywood melodrama or film noir than in a pinny in a school in northern Scotland.’
    • ‘There was a time when a ‘no frills’ hotel meant a back street B & B with a landlady in a pinny and a communal bathroom on every floor.’
    • ‘In a brilliant new column, our man in the pinny reveals how he uses food to seduce and manipulate friends and loved ones’
    • ‘He made a noise of what I took to be assent, muffled as it was by the furious flapping of his frilly pinny over the shrieking smoke alarm.’
    • ‘It was at this point that a woman in a hessian pinny and a tape measure thrown round her neck walked in holding two hefty period garments.’
    • ‘So on went the pinny, up rolled the sleeves and out came the ingredients.’
    • ‘Men once more donned their pinnies in the kitchen when 15 of them were challenged to make Victoria sponges in the cake baking category.’
    • ‘Men will once more be donning their pinnies in the kitchen when they are challenged to bake cakes in the cake baking category.’
    • ‘They use married names, organise meals, teas and tombolas, bake cakes and wear pinnies.’
    • ‘The two waitresses were very sweet, though, and wore nice little pinnies of the old school.’
    • ‘Her hair was done up in a permanent iron-hard ball, lanced through with a pair of chopsticks, and the rest of her appeared to be little more than a full-body pinny, with a floral pattern upon it.’
    • ‘There I am with my pinny on, in front of the stove, cooking up a lovely supper for 141 of the neighbours I have invited around from the Helensville electorate for a quick dinner.’
    • ‘Pulling off my dirty pinny and revealing my clean black uniform underneath I hurried out of the house and around to the back door of the Thornton's house.’
    • ‘This is where I don my pinny and nurture you into cooking heaven.’
    pinafore, overall


Mid 19th century abbreviation.