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A characteristic high whinnying sound made by a horse.
- ‘He pulled the reigns, forcing the horse to a stop with a loud neigh.’
- ‘She stopped and listened to the horses snorting in the early morning, the occasional neigh and running of hooves, and the late cry of the owl.’
- ‘Just as they did this all of the horses let out a fearful neigh, and took off running.’
- ‘It greeted her with a neigh and she stroked the horse's face.’
- ‘A ear-splitting neigh jolted him back to his senses, and a sudden flash of white shot towards him, ducking underwater for a split second to lift him up beneath it.’
- ‘As soon as she walked into the barn it erupted with neighs of happiness.’
- ‘He could not ignore the howls and concerned neighs.’
- ‘After that was the unmistakable neigh of a horse.’
- ‘There was an alarmed stamping of hooves and a shrill neigh from the horse in the stall nearest to him.’
- ‘Shortly afterward, the others heard whinnies and neighs and the two rescuers urging their steeds forward.’
- ‘The song slowly faded away, until all that remained was the muffled sounds of the soldiers and the occasional neighs from the horses.’
- ‘Moving forward to hush the horse, Garrett was surprised to hear an answering neigh.’
- ‘The nearest horses reared, shooting out two-foot flames, making a sound that was a cross between a neigh and a roar.’
- ‘In a decision that speaks well of his integrity but poorly of his abilities as a children's entertainer, screenwriter John Fusco decided that his equine characters communicate only through neighs and whinnies.’
- ‘He made a sound like a cross between a grunt and a neigh.’
- ‘The horse let out with a loud neigh and reared high into the air, causing the other horse to start.’
- ‘We reached the end point, and while I loosened up my stiffened joints safely on the ground, the horses rejoined their mates in the paddock with happy neighs.’
- ‘Those in the river spun upward end over end into the air and their terrified neighs faded into the distance.’
- ‘Darren waited anxiously as he heard the stomp of hooves and a little neigh which he knew belonged to the foal.’
- ‘A loud neigh erupted from the horse as it yanked away, whites of the eyes showing and ears back.’
1 (of a horse) utter a neigh:‘he neighed several times in a very gentle way’‘the neighing of horses’
whinny, bray, nicker, snicker, whickernicherhinnyView synonyms
- ‘The horse neighed in response and stepped closer.’
- ‘The horse neighed and stamped its foot in reply.’
- ‘Richard whistled and a lone horse neighed and ran to him.’
- ‘A few of them could have sworn they could hear a horse neighing nearby.’
- ‘She was brought back to her senses by a horse neighing.’
- ‘Generators are running all night and their horses are neighing and the dogs barking.’
- ‘The horse neighed and nudged her affectionately.’
- ‘Under the moon and stars, far from any city, with the horses neighing and music playing, the Americans and Mexicans danced in the dusty roadways.’
- ‘The horses neighed in alarm and the coachman fought to control them.’
- ‘As I was being consumed by the iridescence of light reflected by the dewdrops, Crystal, my horse neighed impatiently putting his moist, warm brown muzzle to my ear.’
- ‘Her horse neighed, frightened, and moved quickly away.’
- ‘His horse neighed as he pulled back on the reigns and rode away.’
- ‘A horse neighed nearby and kicked up some dirt to entertain itself.’
- ‘Inside each of the four buildings a horse neighed, stamped or whinnied.’
- ‘As though on cue, a wind started howling in the air, and the horses started neighing, ears laid back.’
- ‘The horses neighed and whinnied in the grand hall and the castle jolted.’
- ‘Stopping for a moment to catch his breath, he heard a horse neighing ahead.’
- ‘The sheep followed each other about, the rabbits ran and jumped playfully in the fields, and the horses neighed in the stables.’
- ‘The horse neighed and snorted, and my reverie was broken.’
- ‘Charles thought that an odd remark, and was about to turn around and gaze behind him when the horse neighed in terror, and gained even more speed.’
- 1.1 (of a person) make a sound similar to a neigh, especially when laughing:‘they neighed dutifully at jokes they did not understand’
Old English hnǣgan (verb), of imitative origin; compare with Dutch dialect neijen.
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