- 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 braying
Contemporary Examples of braying
Already, the conservative media is braying for their names and setting up justifications for identifying them.Don't Out Cain's Accusers
November 5, 2011
Palin is a beauty-queen Elmer Gantry, outdoing Stephen Colbert in cheesy, braying nationalism.Run, Sarah, Run!
July 23, 2009
She dispenses facts like a braying machine, bobble-nodding a head of hyper-lacquered hair.Thandie Nails Condi
Patricia J. Williams
October 21, 2008
Historical Examples of braying
Right at him came the donkey, braying as though in glee at the trick he had played.Frank Roscoe's Secret
I started off with braying horn, and at that I had to use caution.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
You've been braying in the dark about 'See to-morrow morning!'The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
I must fain eat and drink; let me at least refrain from braying.Paul Patoff
F. Marion Crawford
Well, I am an animal that paints instead of cackling, or braying, or spinning lies.Romola
- (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.).