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[ney] /neɪ/
verb (used without object)
to utter the cry of a horse; whinny.
the cry of a horse; whinny.
Origin of neigh
before 1000; Middle English ney(gh)en, Old English hnǣgan, cognate with Middle Dutch neyen, Old Saxon hnēgian, Middle High German nēgen, Old High German hneigen, Old Norse hneggja; akin to Old Saxon hnechian; Middle Dutch nighen, Middle Low German nigen, Middle High German nyhen; and, with intrusion in the initial, Old Norse gneggja, Norwegian kneggja. See nag2 Unabridged
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  • Thus bound, while lying on the ground at night, he heard the neigh of his favourite steed, picketed at a short distance off.

    Stories of Animal Sagacity W.H.G. Kingston
  • Then Sigurd heard Grani, his horse, neigh for him again and again.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • He was just about to neigh when the bandolero, on the watch, leaned over and clamped his hand tightly upon his nostrils.

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • And one other time, as I was coming to the fountain with my pitcher, I heard a neigh.

    My First Cruise W.H.G. Kingston
  • neigh pointed out the place he had just come from to the tall young men, and continued his walk with Ladywell.

    The Hand of Ethelberta Thomas Hardy
  • I hear the neigh of thy charger, in the midst of the mailed thousands!

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Twice he had pricked up his ears, and once he had raised his head as if to neigh, but paused before committing himself.

    The Gully of Bluemansdyke A. Conan Doyle
  • The horse began to neigh and rear, so that our hero could not strike with his sword.

  • Dandy pricks up his ears and wants to neigh, but Ray grips his nostrils like a vise, and Dandy desists.

British Dictionary definitions for neigh


the high-pitched cry of a horse; whinny
(intransitive) to make a neigh or a similar noise
(transitive) to utter with a sound like a neigh
Word Origin
Old English hnǣgan; related to Old Saxon hnēgian
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Word Origin and History for neigh

Old English hnægan "to neigh," probably of imitative origin (cf. Old Norse gneggja, Middle High German negen, French hennir, Japanese inanaki). Related: Neighed; neighing. As a noun from 1510s.

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