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[hwin-ee, win-ee] /ˈʰwɪn i, ˈwɪn i/
verb (used without object), whinnied, whinnying.
to utter the characteristic cry of a horse; neigh.
verb (used with object), whinnied, whinnying.
to express by whinnying.
noun, plural whinnies.
a whinnying sound.
Origin of whinny
1520-30; imitative; compare earlier whrinny, Latin hinnīre Unabridged
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  • If in a strange wood, and you get separated from him, he will often whinny; but I am digressing.

    Memoirs of Orange Jacobs Orange Jacobs
  • Out in the stable the horse repeated its former challenging 237 whinny.

  • The dainty creature pricked up his finely-pointed ears, and turned to his master with a whinny of delight.

    Adrien Leroy Charles Garvice
  • From the far distance she thought she heard the beginning of a whinny in reply.

    Riders of the Silences John Frederick
  • The family must have known the horse might whinny at any moment.

    The Storm Centre Charles Egbert Craddock
  • It was pitiful to hear him whinny as he smelt the water in the distance, and not to be able to get him any.

    For Fortune and Glory Lewis Hough
  • Lady Bountiful lowed argumentatively, and Dolly stamped, wagged her head knowingly up and down, and then shook it with a whinny.

    Bressant Julian Hawthorne
  • The room was dark and he listened on the sill, if he might hear him whinny.

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
  • The whinny of the cab-horse beyond the hedge recalled to McAllister the necessity for action.

  • Page 8, changed "midnigh" to "midnight" and "whinney" to "whinny."

    White Dandy; or, Master and I Velma Caldwell Melville
British Dictionary definitions for whinny


verb (intransitive) -nies, -nying, -nied
(of a horse) to neigh softly or gently
to make a sound resembling a neigh, such as a laugh
noun (pl) -nies
a gentle or low-pitched neigh
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for whinny

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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