bray 1[brey] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- the loud, harsh cry of a donkey.
- any similar loud, harsh sound.
verb (used without object)
- to utter a loud and harsh cry, as a donkey.
- to make a loud, harsh, disagreeable sound.
verb (used with object)
- to utter with a loud, harsh sound, like a donkey.
Origin of bray 1 1250–1300; Middle English brayen Old French braire to cry out (cognate with Medieval Latin bragīre to neigh) Celtic; compare Old Irish braigid (he) breaks windCan be confusedbrayed bray 2[brey] verb (used with object)
- to pound or crush fine, as in a mortar.
- Printing. to thin (ink) on a slate before placing on the ink plate of a press.
Origin of bray 2 1350–1400; Middle English brayen Anglo-French bra(i)er, Old French broier Germanic; seeDictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Related Words for braying , , Examples from the Web for braying Contemporary Examples of braying
Already, the conservative media is braying for their names and setting up justifications for identifying them.
November 5, 2011
Palin is a beauty-queen Elmer Gantry, outdoing Stephen Colbert in cheesy, braying nationalism.
July 23, 2009
She dispenses facts like a braying machine, bobble-nodding a head of hyper-lacquered hair.
Patricia J. Williams
October 21, 2008
Historical Examples of braying
Right at him came the donkey, braying as though in glee at the trick he had played.
I started off with braying horn, and at that I had to use caution.
You’ve been braying in the dark about ‘See to-morrow morning!’
I must fain eat and drink; let me at least refrain from braying.
F. Marion Crawford
Well, I am an animal that paints instead of cackling, or braying, or spinning lies.
British Dictionary definitions for braying bray 1 verb
- (intr) (of a donkey) to utter its characteristic loud harsh sound; heehaw
- (intr) to make a similar sound, as in laughinghe brayed at the joke
- (tr) to utter with a loud harsh sound
- the loud harsh sound uttered by a donkey
- a similar loud cry or uproara bray of protest
Derived Formsbrayer, nounWord Origin for bray C13: from Old French braire, probably of Celtic origin bray 2 verb
- (tr) to distribute (ink) over printing type or plates
- (tr) to pound into a powder, as in a mortar
- Northern English dialect to hit or beat (someone or something) hard; bang
Derived Formsbrayer, nounWord Origin for bray C14: from Old French breier of Germanic origin; see break Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for braying bray v.
c.1300, from Old French braire “to cry,” from Gallo-Romance *bragire “to cry out,” perhaps from a Celtic source (cf. Gaelic braigh “to shriek, crackle”), probably imitative. Related: Brayed; braying.
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