\ 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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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 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, "The Wanting Mare Is the Most Visual Fantasy in Recent Memory," 12 Feb. 2021 Horse trailers lined up in rows in Island Grove Regional Park, their passengers neighing indiscriminately. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Denver Post listening tour: Greeley sees a renaissance, but has its worries, too," 28 July 2019 Goats and sheep staying in the barn bleated, and horses neighed as the crowd of people grew. David Anderson,, "Harford County Farm Fair opens with bout of severe weather," 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,, "‘It’s just barbarity’: Togo’s political prisoners describe torture in police custody," 4 June 2018 Across the barn, another horse was getting new shoes and neighed. Jason Nark,, "A prison guard and his old horse making smiles out of manure.," 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, "Nature hits it out of the ballpark with rain, snow," 18 Mar. 2018 The Wild Horse still lives inside Yasiel Puig, bucking and neighing in an unending effort to gallop free. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Taming of Baseball’s Wild Horse," 20 Oct. 2017 Many were bucking, neighing, and pulling away from the ramp leading up to the trailer. Sydney Pereira, miamiherald, "Volunteers relocate 41 horses hundreds of miles north ahead of Hurricane Irma," 8 Sep. 2017

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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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The first known use of neigh was before the 12th century

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“Neigh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of neigh

of a horse : to make a loud, long sound


\ 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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