bray

verb (1)
\ ˈbrā \
brayed; braying; brays

Definition of bray 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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

verb (2)
brayed; braying; brays

Definition of bray (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to crush or grind fine bray seeds in a mortar

2 : to spread thin bray printing ink

Bray

geographical name
\ ˈbrā \

Definition of Bray (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Verb (1)

bray noun

Examples of bray in a Sentence

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Online, an army of braying hucksters — digital-branding specialists, celebrities in the middle of breakdowns, the president — saw away at my capacity for complex thought. Daniel Kolitz, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Timehop," 26 June 2018 There’s a scene in Fallen Kingdom that will stay with me for a little while: a lone brontosaurus, standing on a shore nearly engulfed in ash and flame, stretching its long neck up to the sky and braying out a mournful plaint. Richard Lawson, HWD, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," 5 June 2018 Ichiro proved those people to be braying morons, spraying 242 hits en route to Rookie of the Year honors and his fourth MVP award as a professional. Jay Willis, GQ, "The press release is layered in so much stilted, sanitized corporatespeak," 4 May 2018 Other women were pulled onto the laps of braying guests and had men’s hands reaching under their skirts. Washington Post, "Britain’s Theresa May ‘appalled’ by lewd men-only charity event," 25 Jan. 2018 By the time Oasis came braying out of Manchester, the sibling rock band feud was a trope that had spanned decades: from the brothers Davies in the Kinks to the brothers Robinson in the Black Crowes. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Loving dinosaurs and Noel Gallagher," 28 Feb. 2018 During the 2016 campaign, no group brayed louder about identity politics than the Baby Boomers. Joshua Mitchell, National Review, "The Identity-Politics Death Grip," 26 Oct. 2017 Pittsburgh's offense has been sputtery entering this Sunday prime-timer, ranking 30th in red-zone efficiency, and now deals with the controversy over benched WR Martavis Bryant braying for a trade. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Top game, big upset lead our parade of NFL Week 8 picks | Miami Herald," 26 Oct. 2017 What will count in the ensuing cacophony isn’t intelligence or expertise, but noise, with superlatives and exclamation points braying loudest and therefore replacing mixed and nuanced assessments. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Renaissance's 'Sex With Strangers' dissects a seduction," 22 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of bray

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bray

Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

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

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Bray

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The first known use of bray was in the 14th century

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bray

verb
\ ˈbrā \
brayed; braying

Kids Definition of bray

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make the loud harsh cry of a donkey

bray

noun

Kids Definition of bray (Entry 2 of 2)

: the loud harsh cry of a donkey

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