whinnying

whinny

[hwin-ee, win-ee]
verb (used without object), whinnied, whinnying.
1.
to utter the characteristic cry of a horse; neigh.
verb (used with object), whinnied, whinnying.
2.
to express by whinnying.
noun, plural whinnies.
3.
a whinnying sound.

Origin:
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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whinny
1530, probably related to whine, and ultimately imitative (cf. L. hinnire).
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