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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
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Examples from the Web for whinny
Historical Examples
  • Out in the stable the horse repeated its former challenging 237 whinny.

  • From the far distance she thought she heard the beginning of a whinny in reply.

    Riders of the Silences

    John Frederick
  • 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 Lewis Hough
  • 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
  • A whinny of impatience was heard from the horse waiting outside.

    Captain Ravenshaw Robert Neilson Stephens
  • At that moment, a new sound broke the stillness, the whinny of a horse.

  • Old Greylegs seemed glad of the sight; he gave a whinny and snorted.

    Jim Davis John Masefield
  • A whinny from a horse told me that somewhere near his beast was tied up.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • Jenny mule would stand for hours every night and whinny for him.

    The Conquest Oscar Micheaux
British Dictionary definitions for whinny


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 whinny

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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