- 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 whinny
Out in the stable the horse repeated its former challenging 237 whinny.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
From the far distance she thought she heard the beginning of a whinny in reply.Riders of the Silences
It was pitiful to hear him whinny as he smelt the water in the distance, and not to be able to get him any.For Fortune and Glory
The room was dark and he listened on the sill, if he might hear him whinny.Chimney-Pot Papers
Charles S. Brooks
Page 8, changed "midnigh" to "midnight" and "whinney" to "whinny."White Dandy; or, Master and I
Velma Caldwell Melville
- (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 whinny
1520s, probably related to whine and ultimately imitative (cf. Latin hinnire).
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