[hwin-ee, win-ee]
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.

1520–30; imitative; compare earlier whrinny, Latin hinnīre

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whinny (ˈwɪnɪ)
vb , -nies, -nying, -nied
1.  (of a horse) to neigh softly or gently
2.  to make a sound resembling a neigh, such as a laugh
n , -nies, -nying, -nied, -nies
3.  a gentle or low-pitched neigh
[C16: of imitative origin]

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1530, probably related to whine, and ultimately imitative (cf. L. hinnire).
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Example sentences
The complexity of the horse whinny seemed to have the right appeal in terms of expression and otherworldliness.
Nor can cop consultants, or whatever that little whinny bully happens to be.
It is best identified by its distinctive call, which varies from a low whistle or whinny to a hoot.
We know our toddlers get cranky, whinny and difficult when they are tired and hungry.
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