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[ney] /neɪ/
verb (used without object)
to utter the cry of a horse; whinny.
the cry of a horse; whinny.
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
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Examples from the web for neigh
  • Thus as they rode they heard by them a great horse grimly neigh.
  • He did find him, after long search, for he had the good fortune to hear him neigh.
  • Next they began to neigh, to curvet, to scamper on all sides over the plain.
British Dictionary definitions for neigh


the high-pitched cry of a horse; whinny
(intransitive) to make a neigh or a similar noise
(transitive) to utter with a sound like a neigh
Word Origin
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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