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[hwin-ee, win-ee] /ˈʰwɪn i, ˈwɪn i/
verb (used without object), whinnied, whinnying.
to utter the characteristic cry of a horse; neigh.
verb (used with object), whinnied, whinnying.
to express by whinnying.
noun, plural whinnies.
a whinnying sound.
Origin of whinny
1520-30; imitative; compare earlier whrinny, Latin hinnīre Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for whinnied
Historical Examples
  • Mine would have whinnied for the camp and watched for short cuts to it.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • The mare looked round when she entered the stable, and whinnied.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • General Jackson, tethered to a rusty ring at the back, whinnied a welcome.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • She whinnied, then her nozzle sought his arm and rubbed along it to his shoulder.

  • They shuddered, whinnied, glared with distended, bloodshot eyes.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • This was sufficient to attract the mule, which whinnied and tried to follow the donkey.

    The Crystal Hunters George Manville Fenn
  • Dobbin whinnied as if he thought the call had been long enough.

    A Little Girl in Old New York Amanda Millie Douglas
  • Kintuck whinnied caressingly as he heard his master's voice.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • The poor animal only whinnied, but seemed almost as if he understood my question.

    Amos Huntingdon T.P. Wilson
  • Lucy whinnied, and they saw the Colonel and Dale waiting at the bottom step.

    Sunlight Patch

    Credo Fitch Harris
British Dictionary definitions for whinnied


verb (intransitive) -nies, -nying, -nied
(of a horse) to neigh softly or gently
to make a sound resembling a neigh, such as a laugh
noun (pl) -nies
a gentle or low-pitched neigh
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for whinnied



1520s, probably related to whine and ultimately imitative (cf. Latin hinnire).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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