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whinny

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verb whin·ny \ˈhwi-nē, ˈwi-\

Definition of whinny

whinnied

whinnying

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to neigh especially in a low or gentle way

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to utter with or as if with a whinny

Examples of whinny in a sentence

  1. I heard the horse whinnying.

  2. <the father whinnied and reared as his young daughter pretended to ride him>

Origin and Etymology of whinny

probably imitative


First Known Use: 1530


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whinny

noun whin·ny

Definition of whinny

plural

whinnies

  1. 1 :  the neigh of a horse especially when low or gentle

  2. 2 :  a sound resembling a neigh

Circa 1823

First Known Use of whinny

circa 1823


WHINNY Defined for English Language Learners

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whinny

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verb whin·ny \ˈhwi-nē, ˈwi-\

Definition of whinny for English Language Learners

  • of a horse : to make a gentle, high sound


WHINNY Defined for Kids

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whinny

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verb whin·ny \ˈhwi-nē, ˈwi-\

Definition of whinny for Students

whinnied

whinnying

  1. :  to neigh usually in a low gentle way


2

whinny

play
noun whin·ny

Definition of whinny for Students

plural

whinnies

  1. :  a low gentle neigh



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