- to utter the characteristic cry of a horse; neigh.
- to express by whinnying.
- a whinnying sound.
Origin of whinny
1520–30; imitative; compare earlier whrinny, Latin hinnīre
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Examples from the Web for whinnied
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
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.The Spoilers of the Valley
They shuddered, whinnied, glared with distended, bloodshot eyes.The Long Roll
- (of a horse) to neigh softly or gently
- to make a sound resembling a neigh, such as a laugh
- a gentle or low-pitched neigh
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).
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