verb (used without object)
to utter the cry of a horse; whinny.
the cry of a horse; whinny.

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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neigh (neɪ)
1.  the high-pitched cry of a horse; whinny
2.  (intr) to make a neigh or a similar noise
3.  (tr) to utter with a sound like a neigh
[Old English hnǣgan; related to Old Saxon hnēgian]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hnægan, probably of imitative origin (cf. O.N. gneggja, M.H.G. negen, Fr. hennir, Jap. inanaki).
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Example sentences
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.
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