Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The long, high-pitched sound made by a horse.
  • intransitive verb To utter the characteristic sound of a horse; whinny.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An obsolete form of nigh.
  • noun The cry of a horse; a whinnying.
  • To utter the cry of a horse; whinny.
  • To scoff; sneer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The cry of a horse; a whinny.
  • intransitive verb To utter the cry of the horse; to whinny.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To scoff or sneer; to jeer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The cry of a horse.
  • verb of a horse to make its cry
  • verb to make a sound similar to a horses' cry

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make a characteristic sound, of a horse
  • noun the characteristic sounds made by a horse

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Middle English neighen, to neigh, from Old English hnǣgan, probably of imitative origin.]

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Examples

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  • "'No,' she laughed. How on earth could that be done? If you try to laugh and say 'No' at the same time, it sounds like neighing -- yet people are perpetually doing it in novels. If they did it in real life they would be locked up."

    -- Hilaire Belloc, 'On People in Books,' 1910.

    December 24, 2012