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[hwin-ee, win-ee]
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verb (used without object), whin·nied, whin·ny·ing.
  1. to utter the characteristic cry of a horse; neigh.
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verb (used with object), whin·nied, whin·ny·ing.
  1. to express by whinnying.
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noun, plural whin·nies.
  1. a whinnying sound.
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Origin of whinny

1520–30; imitative; compare earlier whrinny, Latin hinnīre
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Related Words for whinnied

growl, exclaim, shout, whoop, cheer, holler, coo, bark, grunt, shriek, scream, howl, bellow, crow, twitter, hoot, clack, gabble, tweet, ejaculate

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Historical Examples of whinnied

  • Mine would have whinnied for the camp and watched for short cuts to it.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • The mare looked round when she entered the stable, and whinnied.

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • General Jackson, tethered to a rusty ring at the back, whinnied a welcome.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • She whinnied, then her nozzle sought his arm and rubbed along it to his shoulder.

  • They shuddered, whinnied, glared with distended, bloodshot eyes.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for whinnied


verb -nies, -nying or -nied (intr)
  1. (of a horse) to neigh softly or gently
  2. to make a sound resembling a neigh, such as a laugh
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noun plural -nies
  1. a gentle or low-pitched neigh
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Word Origin for whinny

C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for whinnied



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

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