Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The long, high-pitched sound made by a horse.
  • intransitive v. To utter the characteristic sound of a horse; whinny.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The cry of a horse.
  • v. to make its cry
  • v. to make a sound similar to a horses' cry

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To utter the cry of the horse; to whinny.
  • intransitive v. To scoff or sneer; to jeer.
  • n. The cry of a horse; a whinny.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To utter the cry of a horse; whinny.
  • To scoff; sneer.
  • n. The cry of a horse; a whinnying.
  • An obsolete form of nigh.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a characteristic sound, of a horse
  • n. the characteristic sounds made by a horse

Etymologies

From Middle English neighen, to neigh, from Old English hnǣgan, probably of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
By (onomatopoeia) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • U.S. Anehuser-Busch not saying 'neigh' just yet to Clydesdales in S.per Bowl, asks fans to vote Bud to take vote on Clydesdales in S.per BowlMILWAUKEE - Anheuser-Busch isn't saying "neigh" just yet to putting its Clydesdales in the S.per Bowl.

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  • Anehuser-Busch not saying 'neigh' just yet to Clydesdales in Super Bowl, asks fans to vote Bud to take vote on Clydesdales in Super BowlMILWAUKEE - Anheuser-Busch isn't saying "neigh" just yet to putting its Clydesdales in the Super Bowl.

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  • The answer which came to mind was to call your neigh-brrr.

    BBC Blog Network

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    Connect with your "neigh"bors using Google Places

  • OpEdNews - Article: Say 'neigh' to horse-drawn 'sleighs'

    Say 'neigh' to horse-drawn 'sleighs'

  • Say 'neigh' to horse-drawn 'sleighs' yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Say \'neigh\' to horse-drawn \'sleighs\ ''; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: Today\'s crowded streets and mall parking lots are no place for horse-drawn carriages.

    Say 'neigh' to horse-drawn 'sleighs'

  • One of my horse magazines had all the different words for "neigh" from around the world.

    Playing catch-up

  • The Brownie answered with a little cheerful kind of neigh, as much as to say, Never fear me!

    The Wide, Wide World

  • A moment's pause was sufficient for the unicorn; some subtle instinct doubtless taught him that in the strange beings who had thus unexpectedly revealed themselves he beheld enemies more dangerous than the most deadly of his four-footed foes; and, wheeling quickly about, he uttered a curious barking kind of neigh and dashed off at a headlong gallop in the direction already taken by the rest of his companions.

    The Log of the Flying Fish A Story of Aerial and Submarine Peril and Adventure

  • A horse marrying a man is unthinkable … every horse I know would balk at the altar and give a "neigh" when asked "Do you take this man as your husband."

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  • "'No,' she laughed. How on earth could that be done? If you try to laugh and say 'No' at the same time, it sounds like neighing -- yet people are perpetually doing it in novels. If they did it in real life they would be locked up."
    -- Hilaire Belloc, 'On People in Books,' 1910.

    December 24, 2012