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  • Difference between a horse neigh and whinny
  • Difference between nicker whinny and neigh

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    11-26-2008, 12:19 AM
Exclamation I'm not sure where this belongs... Question

Sorry if this is in the wrong forum.

What's the difference between a whinny and a neigh? Or are they the same thing?
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    11-26-2008, 12:24 AM
Green Broke
:) I think they are the same thing?

Oh and they'll move it if they want, but it prob would have been best in horse talk.
    11-26-2008, 01:15 AM
Yes, they are just different words for the same thing. It just kinda depends on where you are from I think.
    11-26-2008, 01:53 AM
Green Broke
Oh yes and WHINNY is the same too ;)
    11-26-2008, 09:19 AM
Green Broke
I always thought a whinny was a shorter, quiter neigh. (the neigh being a FULL OUT GET YOUR ATTENTION call)...but that's just me

PS - I've moved it to the horse talk section
    11-26-2008, 09:59 AM
Super Moderator
Maybe they are the same? I thought that too though... A whinny was that quiet little good morning mumble they do and the neigh is that hellacious scream they make when you take one of their buddys away....

BUT....I'm not sure...
    11-26-2008, 11:08 AM
How about a whinny, a neigh, and a nicker?
    11-26-2008, 11:26 AM
Green Broke
I always thought a nicker was one of those "under their breath" sort of things...like a mumble.
    11-26-2008, 11:34 AM
Super Moderator
Oh yeah... the nicker is the mumble... the whinny actaully is the high screeched thing and the neigh is the hey buddy, you are grazing to far away call!
    11-26-2008, 02:00 PM
All from Dictionary.com

whin⋅ny/ˈʰwɪni, ˈwɪni/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [hwin-ee, win-ee] Show IPA Pronunciation
verb, -nied, -ny⋅ing, noun, plural -nies.
–verb (used without object) 1.to utter the characteristic cry of a horse; neigh.

neigh/neɪ/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [ney] Show IPA Pronunciation

–verb (used without object) 1.to utter the cry of a horse; whinny.

nick·er (nĭk'ər) Pronunciation Key
Intr.v. nick·ered, nick·er·ing, nick·ers
To neigh softly.

IMO, Whinny is the same as Neigh, and then a nicker is that soft deep, hey, I love you and missed you, sound.

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