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bray

verb \ ˈbrā \

Definition of bray

intransitive verb
: to utter the characteristic loud harsh cry of a donkey
  • a braying donkey
; also : to utter a sound like a donkey's
  • bray with laughter
transitive verb
: to utter or play loudly or harshly
  • "I'm the best!" he brayed.

bray

noun

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Origin and Etymology of bray

Middle English, from Anglo-French braire to cry, bellow, roar, from Vulgar Latin *bragere, of Celt origin; akin to Old Irish braigid he breaks wind


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bray

verb

Definition of bray

transitive verb
1 : to crush or grind fine
  • bray seeds in a mortar
2 : to spread thin
  • bray printing ink

Origin and Etymology of bray

Middle English, from Anglo-French braier, breier, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German brehhan to break — more at break


Bray

geographical name \ ˈbrā \

Definition of Bray

town and port on the Irish Sea in eastern Ireland population 25,101

BRAY Defined for Kids

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bray

verb \ ˈbrā \

Definition of bray for Students

brayed; braying
: to make the loud harsh cry of a donkey

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bray

noun

Definition of bray for Students

: the loud harsh cry of a donkey


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