- the loud, harsh cry of a donkey.
- any similar loud, harsh sound.
- to utter a loud and harsh cry, as a donkey.
- to make a loud, harsh, disagreeable sound.
- to utter with a loud, harsh sound, like a donkey.
Origin of bray1
- to pound or crush fine, as in a mortar.
- Printing. to thin (ink) on a slate before placing on the ink plate of a press.
Origin of bray2
Examples from the Web for bray
Contemporary Examples of bray
Bray liked how it invoked the founding father “rising up from the grave.”
Bray said he knows everyone hates those bands, but that he still enjoys their music.
Bray selected a different student each time to lead the class in prayer and participated in the prayers herself.The Louisiana Public School Cramming Christianity Down Students’ Throats
January 26, 2014
The immigrant groups and unions were receptive, but Bray said Occupiers see a danger there.As May Day Protests Are Planned, Will Wall Street Be Re-Occupied?
April 30, 2012
Though the national media may bray and belittle her, they continue to pay attention to her.She Is Running!
July 14, 2010
Historical Examples of bray
"I guess you'll not bray now," he remarked as he cut the rope.
Whether this caused it or not the boys could not tell, but the donkey did not bray after that.
He knew that Crews lived in Bray, but he had forgotten the address.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
With a rusty sword and a moke on board to bray like the Horse Marines.The Battle of the Bays
You may hear their bray in every café, and France is going to the devil.Dross
Henry Seton Merriman
- (intr) (of a donkey) to utter its characteristic loud harsh sound; heehaw
- (intr) to make a similar sound, as in laughinghe brayed at the joke
- (tr) to utter with a loud harsh sound
- the loud harsh sound uttered by a donkey
- a similar loud cry or uproara bray of protest
Word Origin for bray
- (tr) to distribute (ink) over printing type or plates
- (tr) to pound into a powder, as in a mortar
- Northern English dialect to hit or beat (someone or something) hard; bang
Word Origin for bray
c.1300, from Old French braire "to cry," from Gallo-Romance *bragire "to cry out," perhaps from a Celtic source (cf. Gaelic braigh "to shriek, crackle"), probably imitative. Related: Brayed; braying.
c.1300, from bray (v.).