Definition of neigh in English:


Syllabification: neigh


  • A characteristic high-pitched sound uttered by a horse.
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    • 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.
    • Shortly afterward, the others heard whinnies and neighs and the two rescuers urging their steeds forward.
    • The nearest horses reared, shooting out two-foot flames, making a sound that was a cross between a neigh and a roar.


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  • 1(Of a horse) make a characteristic high-pitched sound; utter a neigh.
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    • Inside each of the four buildings a horse neighed, stamped or whinnied.
    • The horses neighed and whinnied in the grand hall and the castle jolted.
    • Generators are running all night and their horses are neighing and the dogs barking.
  • 1.1(Of a person) make a sound similar to a neigh: they neighed dutifully at jokes they did not understand


Old English hnǣgan (verb), of imitative origin; compare with Dutch dialect neijen.

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