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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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  • 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.
  • It was a really whinny, complaining kind of a place with a pretty dismal climate at times.
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).

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