\ ˈnā How to pronounce neigh (audio) \
neighed; neighing; neighs

Definition of neigh

intransitive verb

: to make the prolonged cry of a horse

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neigh noun

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Examples of neigh in a Sentence

We heard the horses neighing in the stable. the horses neighed when the rider came into the barn
Recent Examples on the Web Other possible answers for this guess included: feign, neigh, reign, and weigh. Erik Kain, Forbes, 17 May 2022 No such juvenilia intrudes upon the rather more adult-ish proceedings of the new film The Wanting Mare, in which horses neigh and stamp at the margins of a bleak, majestic world. Jason Kehe, Wired, 12 Feb. 2021 Horse trailers lined up in rows in Island Grove Regional Park, their passengers neighing indiscriminately. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, 28 July 2019 Goats and sheep staying in the barn bleated, and horses neighed as the crowd of people grew. David Anderson,, 23 July 2019 There in the the headquarters of Togo’s secret police — the notorious Research and Intelligence Service — the captives were beaten, waterboarded and forced to kneel and neigh like horses. Siobhan O'grady,, 4 June 2018 Across the barn, another horse was getting new shoes and neighed. Jason Nark,, 23 Mar. 2018 Standing at the gate, pawing and neighing, then eager to come into the barn and not just for their food. ... Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Mar. 2018 The Wild Horse still lives inside Yasiel Puig, bucking and neighing in an unending effort to gallop free. Jared Diamond, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of neigh

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neigh

Middle English neyen, from Old English hnǣgan; akin to Middle High German nēgen to neigh

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“Neigh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for neigh


\ ˈnā How to pronounce neigh (audio) \
neighed; neighing

Kids Definition of neigh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make the long loud cry of a horse



Kids Definition of neigh (Entry 2 of 2)

: the long loud cry of a horse

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