[ ney ]
/ neɪ /

verb (used without object)

to utter the cry of a horse; whinny.


the cry of a horse; whinny.


Nearby words

  1. neher,
  2. nehru,
  3. nehru, jawaharlal,
  4. nehru, motilal,
  5. nei mongol,
  6. neighbor,
  7. neighborhood,
  8. neighborhood watch,
  9. neighboring,
  10. neighborly

Origin of neigh

before 1000; Middle English ney(gh)en, Old English hnǣgan, cognate with Middle Dutch neyen, Old Saxon hnēgian, Middle High German nēgen, Old High German hneigen, Old Norse hneggja; akin to Old Saxon hnechian; Middle Dutch nighen, Middle Low German nigen, Middle High German nyhen; and, with intrusion in the initial, Old Norse gneggja, Norwegian kneggja. See nag2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for neigh

British Dictionary definitions for neigh


/ (neɪ) /


the high-pitched cry of a horse; whinny


(intr) to make a neigh or a similar noise
(tr) to utter with a sound like a neigh

Word Origin for neigh

Old English hnǣgan; related to Old Saxon hnēgian

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Word Origin and History for neigh



Old English hnægan "to neigh," probably of imitative origin (cf. Old Norse gneggja, Middle High German negen, French hennir, Japanese inanaki). Related: Neighed; neighing. As a noun from 1510s.

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