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."

Primary Meanings of bray

1.
nv
the cry of a donkey
make a sound characteristic of donkeys
2.
v
reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
Full Definitions of bray
1

n the cry of a donkey

Type of:
cry
the characteristic utterance of an animal

v make a sound characteristic of donkeys

Synonyms:
hee-haw
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

v laugh loudly and harshly

Type of:
express joy, express mirth, laugh
produce laughter
2

v reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading

Synonyms:
comminute, crunch, grind, mash
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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