Definition of whinny in English:


Syllabification: whin·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)winē

noun (plural whinnies)

  • A gentle, high-pitched neigh.
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    • The end of her exclamation turned into a high-pitched whinny and Leif started.
    • Shortly afterward, the others heard whinnies and neighs and the two rescuers urging their steeds forward.
    • In a decision that speaks well of his integrity but poorly of his abilities as a children's entertainer, screenwriter John Fusco decided that his equine characters communicate only through neighs and whinnies.

verb (whinnies, whinnying, whinnied)

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  • (Of a horse) make a gentle, high-pitched neigh: the pony whinnied and tossed his head happily
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    • Kel's horse whinnied and stamped, tossing her head to try to free up the reigns a little.
    • They stared at each other for a few seconds before the horse whinnied loudly and started to canter towards her.
    • As he stepped from his hut, his horse whinnied from the crude stable next to the house.


late Middle English (as a verb): imitative. The noun dates from the early 19th century.

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