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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Neddy (a man’s name).
 
A contraction and diminutive of Mine Edward—Mine Eddy, My N’Eddy. Teddy, is the French tu, toi, form; and Neddy the nunation form. (Ed’, Ted, Ned.)   1
   Neddy. A donkey; a low cart used in Dublin; so called because its jolting keeps the riders eternally nodding.   2
        “The ‘Set-down’ was succeeded by the Noddy, so called from its oscillating motion backwards and forwards.”—Sketches of Ireland (1847).
   Neddy. A dunce; a euphemism for “an ass.”   3
 


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