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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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  • I hear the neigh of thy charger, in the midst of the mailed thousands!

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Then the voices of the crowd came to Naomi's ears like the neigh of a breathless horse.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • The horses toss their heads, and neigh to each other, and enjoy it as much as we do.

  • In the distance, once in a while, is heard the yelp of coyote or the neigh of Indian pony.

    Marion's Faith. Charles King
  • The horse began to neigh and rear, so that our hero could not strike with his sword.

  • As soon as the bay felt his master on his back, he began to neigh and stamp.

  • Then Sigurd heard Grani, his horse, neigh for him again and again.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • No, by the laws, he was our master; and wo betide the chap that said neigh to him!

    Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Only the ring of many feet and the neigh of a startled horse.

    Norman Ten Hundred

    A. Stanley Blicq
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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