I. verb (whinnied; whinnying) Etymology: probably imitative Date: 1530 intransitive verb to neigh especially in a low or gentle way transitive verb to utter with or as if with a whinny II. noun (plural whinnies) Date: circa 1823 1. the neigh of a horse especially when low or gentle 2. a sound resembling a neigh

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  • Whinny — Whin ny, n.; pl. {Whinnies}. The ordinary cry or call of a horse; a neigh. The stately horse . . . stooped with a low whinny. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whinny — Whin ny, a. Abounding in whin, gorse, or furze. [1913 Webster] A fine, large, whinny, . . . unimproved common. Sterne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whinny — whinny1 [hwin′ē, win′ē] adj. whinnier, whinniest [ WHIN1 + Y2] covered with whin, or furze whinny2 [hwin′ē, win′ē] vi. whinnied, whinnying [prob. echoic] to neigh in a low …   English World dictionary

  • Whinny — Whin ny, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Whinnied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whinnying}.] [From {Whine}] To utter the ordinary call or cry of a horse; to neigh. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whinny — 1520s, probably related to WHINE (Cf. whine) and ultimately imitative (Cf. L. hinnire) …   Etymology dictionary

  • whinny — ► NOUN (pl. whinnies) ▪ a gentle, high pitched neigh. ► VERB (whinnies, whinnied) ▪ (of a horse) make such a sound. ORIGIN imitative …   English terms dictionary

  • whinny — UK [ˈwɪnɪ] / US / US [ˈhwɪnɪ] verb [intransitive] Word forms whinny : present tense I/you/we/they whinny he/she/it whinnies present participle whinnying past tense whinnied past participle whinnied if a horse whinnies, it makes a high sound… …   English dictionary

  • whinny — [[t](h)wɪ̱ni[/t]] whinnies, whinnying, whinnied VERB When a horse whinnies, it makes a series of high pitched sounds, usually not very loudly. The girl s horse whinnied. N COUNT Whinny is also a noun. With a terrified whinny the horse shied …   English dictionary

  • whinny — verb Whinny is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑horse, ↑pony …   Collocations dictionary

  • whinny — whin|ny [ˈwıni] v past tense and past participle whinnied present participle whinnying third person singular whinnies [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: From the sound] if a horse whinnies, it makes a high sound >whinny[i] n …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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