whin·​ny | \ ˈ(h)wi-nē How to pronounce whinny (audio) \
whinnied; whinnying

Definition of whinny

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to neigh especially in a low or gentle way

transitive verb

: to utter with or as if with a whinny


plural whinnies

Definition of whinny (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the neigh of a horse especially when low or gentle
2 : a sound resembling a neigh

Synonyms for whinny

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of whinny in a Sentence

Verb I heard the horse whinnying. the father whinnied and reared as his young daughter pretended to ride him
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some unidentified whinnying joins the cacophony that accompanies gentrification—brash and brazen, with a total disregard for anything other than its own bullish desire. Rebecca Haithcoat, GQ, 5 June 2018 The 10-year-old mare bucked, whinnied, and galloped, sensing the pride of victory. Mitchell Gladstone, Philly.com, 2 June 2018 The forecast was calling for rain the next day, an element as necessary for all this — the flowering plant life, the whinnying animal life — as is the sun. John Kelly, Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Laughter punctuates the exaggerated whinnies, proving that the source is not in fact a horse. Kalyn Kahler, SI.com, 11 June 2018 But the methodical, meditative act of grooming a horse — brush, brush, brush — and the smell of hay and the gentle whinnies from the 1,200-pound creature have been therapy for Alger. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 17 May 2018 An astonishing collection of laughs — whinnies, giggles, squeals, snorts, heaves — gradually colors the narrative, until this seemingly harmless man becomes, in effect, not just a witness to savagery, but also an accessory. Jesse Green, New York Times, 11 Jan. 2018 Animal grunts and growls, horse neighs and whinnies. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Apr. 2018 More important, the track is where Charley meets a pretty quarter horse named Lean on Pete, whose velvety brown coat and barely audible whinnies become a balm for the lonely teenager. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2018 Cloris Leachman was Frau Blücher, the sound of whose name caused horses to whinny in fear. Daniel Lewis, New York Times, 29 Aug. 2016 See More

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First Known Use of whinny


1530, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


circa 1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for whinny


probably imitative

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“Whinny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whinny. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for whinny


whin·​ny | \ ˈhwi-nē How to pronounce whinny (audio) , ˈwi- \
whinnied; whinnying

Kids Definition of whinny

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to neigh usually in a low gentle way


plural whinnies

Kids Definition of whinny (Entry 2 of 2)

: a low gentle neigh

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