bray

1
[ brey ]
/ breɪ /
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noun

the loud, harsh cry of a donkey.
any similar loud, harsh sound.

verb (used without object)

to utter a loud and harsh cry, as a donkey.
to make a loud, harsh, disagreeable sound.

verb (used with object)

to utter with a loud, harsh sound, like a donkey.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. brawny,
  2. braxton hicks contractions,
  3. braxton hicks sign,
  4. braxton-hicks contraction,
  5. braxy,
  6. brayer,
  7. braz.,
  8. braza,
  9. braze,
  10. brazelton

Origin of bray

1
1250–1300; Middle English brayen < Old French braire to cry out (cognate with Medieval Latin bragīre to neigh) < Celtic; compare Old Irish braigid (he) breaks wind

Can be confusedbraid brayed

bray

2
[ brey ]
/ breɪ /

verb (used with object)

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 bray

2
1350–1400; Middle English brayen < Anglo-French bra(i)er, Old French broier < Germanic; see break

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British Dictionary definitions for braying

bray

1
/ (breɪ) /

verb

(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

noun

the loud harsh sound uttered by a donkey
a similar loud cry or uproara bray of protest
Derived Formsbrayer, noun

Word Origin for bray

C13: from Old French braire, probably of Celtic origin

bray

2
/ (breɪ) /

verb

(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
Derived Formsbrayer, noun

Word Origin for bray

C14: from Old French breier of Germanic origin; see break

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