neigh

The sound that a horse makes is called a neigh. A horse's happy neigh is sometimes a greeting to other horses.

You can use neigh to talk about the noise your horse makes, also known as a whinny or a bray. Neigh is also a verb: horses neigh cheerfully or in frustration, and your little brother might like to ride a broomstick wildly around the house and neigh. The word comes from the Old English hnægan, which is most likely imitative of the actual sound of a neigh. In other words, it's an example of onomatopoeia — when a word sounds like what it means.

Definitions of neigh
  1. verb
    make a characteristic sound, of a horse
    synonyms: nicker, whicker, whinny
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    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  2. noun
    the characteristic sounds made by a horse
    synonyms: nicker, whicker, whinny
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    type of:
    cry
    the characteristic utterance of an animal
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