A popular name for coffee.
How to make coffee, alias ninny-broth; a new invention of buttering turnips; to make a loaf of bread to dance about the table, intermixed with profit and delight.Poor Robin, 1696.Which makes some saints low-teachers chuseNot for their doctrine, but their news.But when they’re in a fit of zeal,Their wounded conscience they healWith ninny-broth, o’er which they seekSome new religion ev’ry week.Hudibras Redivivus, Part I, 1708.
Source: Nares’ Glossary, or, collection of words, phrases, names, and allusions to customs, proverbs, etc., which have been thought to require illustration, in the works of English authors, particularly Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Vol. II, K–Z.
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