Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To neigh, as a horse, especially in a gentle tone.
  • transitive v. To express in a whinny.
  • n. The sound made in whinnying; a neigh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gentle neigh.
  • v. To make a gentle neigh.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To utter the ordinary call or cry of a horse; to neigh.
  • n. The ordinary cry or call of a horse; a neigh.
  • adj. Abounding in whin, gorse, or furze.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A bounding in whins or whin-bushes.
  • A bounding in or resembling whinstone.
  • To utter the cry of a horse; neigh.
  • n. The act of whinnying; a neigh.

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

  • v. make a characteristic sound, of a horse
  • n. the characteristic sounds made by a horse

Etymologies

Probably akin to whine, to whinny.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But there was no movement about the fire, and another whinny was the only sound that came from its direction.

    With Hoops of Steel

  • We felt compelled to look into this, and what we found was that the whinny is a complex call full of relevant social information.

    TheHorse.com News

  • At the end of the last chorus - the last chorus, the band does something; the saxophonists do a fast kind of whinny trill.

    100 Years Of Jazz Clarinetist Artie Shaw

  • A mare, with her young foal, was grazing in an orchard on an American farm, when she was noticed to run at full speed from a distant part of the orchard, making a loud cry -- not like her usual voice, but a kind of unnatural "whinny," like a scream of distress.

    Little Folks A Magazine for the Young (Date of issue unknown)

  • Grandmother murmured something in embarrassment, but the Bohemian woman laughed scornfully, a kind of whinny-laugh, and catching up an empty coffee-pot from the shelf, shook it at us with a look positively vindictive.

    My Ántonia

  • Grandmother murmured something in embarrassment, but the Bohemian woman laughed scornfully, a kind of whinny-laugh, and, catching up an empty coffee-pot from the shelf, shook it at us with a look positively vindictive.

    My Antonia

  • Their common "whinny" sounds pretty much like a horse whinny.

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  • Hear her "whinny" when you pet her back or forehead, then feed her the carrot and hear her munch.

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  • John Burroughs applies the epithet "whinny," which is good; but it misses the sense of supernatural terror with which, to me, the cry of this bird in the moonlight is always associated.] of the stately loon, as he held his way across the wide stretch of shining, richly tinted water, might all as well have never been; for

    Annette, the Metis Spy

  • I slipped on the wet hardwood as a high-pitched whinny sounded.

    Brush of Darkness

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