bray

When you bray, you make the "hee-haw" sound that a donkey makes. The sound itself is known also as a bray.

A mule or donkey's bray is loud and jarring when compared to the gentle neigh of a pony. If you have a loud, goofy laugh, your friends might describe it as a bray, too. Donkeys bray when they're under stress, and they bray back and forth to each other from separate stalls in a barn. When you argue loudly with your brother, your dad may yell, "I'm tired of hearing you two bray!" The Old French root of bray is braire, "to cry out."

Definitions of bray
  1. noun
    the cry of a donkey
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    type of:
    cry
    the characteristic utterance of an animal
  2. verb
    make a sound characteristic of donkeys
    synonyms: hee-haw
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    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  3. verb
    laugh loudly and harshly
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    type of:
    express joy, express mirth, laugh
    produce laughter
  4. verb
    reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
    synonyms: comminute, crunch, grind, mash
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    types:
    pulp
    reduce to pulp
    pestle
    grind, mash or pulverize in a mortar
    mill
    grind with a mill
    type of:
    break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize
    break or cause to break into pieces
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