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neigh

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Pronunciation: /neɪ
 
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Definition of neigh in English:

noun

A characteristic high whinnying sound made by a horse.
Example sentences
  • 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.

verb

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1(Of a horse) utter a neigh: he neighed several times in a very gentle way (as noun neighing) the neighing of horses
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
Scottish archaic nicher
rare hinny
1.1(Of a person) make a sound similar to a neigh, especially when laughing: they neighed dutifully at jokes they did not understand

Origin

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

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