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Neigh \Neigh\ (n[=a]), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Neighed (n[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Neighing.] [OE. neien, AS. hn[=ae]gan, prob. of imitative origin; cf. MHG. n[=e]gen, Icel. hneggja, gneggja, Sw. gn["a]gga. Cf. Nag a horse.]

  1. To utter the cry of the horse; to whinny.

  2. To scoff or sneer; to jeer. [Obs.]

    Neighed at his nakedness.
    --Beau. & Fl.


Neigh \Neigh\, n. The cry of a horse; a whinny.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English hnægan "to neigh," probably of imitative origin (compare Old Norse gneggja, Middle High German negen, French hennir, Japanese inanaki). Related: Neighed; neighing. As a noun from 1510s.


n. The cry of a horse. vb. 1 (context of a horse English) to make its cry 2 to make a sound similar to a horses' cry 3 (context obsolete English) To scoff or sneer.

  1. n. the characteristic sounds made by a horse [syn: nicker, whicker, whinny]

  2. v. characteristic of horses [syn: nicker, whicker, whinny]

Usage examples of "neigh".

The sun felt good on his back and he knew the red colt liked it too, for Bonfire neighed repeatedly while Tom jogged him the wrong way around the track, loosening him up.

He landed hard on dungy straw, amidst a f1ock of goats that whickered and neighed.

Plough-men with bare arms were holding by the halter prancing stallions that neighed with dilated nostrils looking towards the mares.

Black neighed softly as Henry, Alec, Tony and the policeman approached the stall.

Napoleon stuck his head over the stall door and neighed at sight of Tony, who hung back.

Black neighed softly when he saw him, and Alec had no trouble getting him up the ramp into the truck.

The stallion turned his head toward him, his ears pricked forward and he neighed softly.

Old Napoleon neighed plaintively as Henry kept him from following the Black out on the track.

Lifting his head, the stallion neighed, then went back to his grazing.

They scattered when Flame neighed shrilly, and Steve laughed as they pushed hard against each other in their wild efforts to get out of the path of their running leader.

The colt neighed repeatedly from the other side of the gate, furious at being left behind.

She neighed repeatedly and sought to keep her head above the stalks as she neared the cropped grass of the valley floor and Tom.

Only when the colt neighed again did he finally turn away to look toward the canyon.

One of the mares neighed loudly and the sound was echoed by the whinnies of the others.

The Piebald had neighed repeatedly, and the mares had slowly broken their tight ring.