nicker

Horses don't just whinny and neigh — they also nicker. The horse you've been visiting with carrots every afternoon might nicker softly when she sees you coming.

The word nicker comes from Scottish and North England dialect. Horse experts will tell you that while a neigh is usually louder, often a call to people or other horses, a nicker is a softer sound, more of a vibration of the vocal cords. Mares nicker gently at their new foals, and many horses nicker at their favorite humans.

Definitions of nicker
  1. verb
    make a characteristic sound, of a horse
    synonyms: neigh, 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: neigh, whicker, whinny
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    type of:
    cry
    the characteristic utterance of an animal
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