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bray Explained

bray at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


bray at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v [I] [Date: 1200-1300; Language: Old French; Origin: braire 'to cry', from Vulgar Latin bragare]//
1 if a donkey brays, it makes a loud sound:
2 if someone brays, they laugh or talk in a loud, slightly annoying way: -- bray n [C] //

bray at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

161 Moby Thesaurus words for "bray":
abrade, atomize, bark, bawl, bay, beat, beep, belch, bell, bellow,
blare, blast, blat, blate, bleat, blow, blow the horn, blubber,
boom, breathe, brecciate, buck, bugle, burr, buzz, cackle, call,
caterwaul, caw, chant, chirp, chirr, clang, clangor, clank,
clarion, clash, comminute, contriturate, coo, craunch, croak, crow,
crumb, crumble, crump, crunch, crush, cry, disintegrate, drawl,
exclaim, fanfare, flour, flourish of trumpets, flute, fragment,
gasp, give tongue, give voice, grain, granulate, granulize, grate,
grind, grind to powder, groan, growl, grumble, grunt, hiss, honk,
howl, jangle, jar, keen, levigate, lilt, low, mash, meow, mew,
mewl, miaow, mill, moo, mumble, murmur, mutter, neigh, nicker,
pant, peal, pestle, pipe, pound, powder, pule, pulverize, rasp,
reduce to powder, roar, rumble, scranch, scrape, scratch, screak,
scream, screech, scrunch, shard, shred, shriek, sibilate, sigh,
sing, smash, snap, snarl, snore, snort, sob, sound, sound a tattoo,
sound taps, squall, squash, squawk, squeak, squeal, tantara,
tantarara, taps, tarantara, tattoo, thunder, toot, tootle,
triturate, troat, trumpet, trumpet blast, trumpet call, twang,
tweedle, ululate, wail, warble, whicker, whine, whinny, whisper,
whistle, wind, yap, yawl, yawp, yell, yelp, yip, yowl

bray at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 [V] when a DONKEY brays, it makes a loud harsh sound
2 (of a person) to talk or laugh in a loud unpleasant voice:
[V] He brayed with laughter. * a braying voice [also V speech]
bray noun:
a voice somewhere between a bray and a bellow

Bray at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Bray \Bray\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Brayed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Braying}.] [OE. brayen, OF. breier, F. broyer to pound,
grind, fr. OHG. brehhan to break. See {Break}.]
To pound, beat, rub, or grind small or fine.

Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar, . . .
yet will not his foolishness depart from him. --Prov.
xxvii. 22.

Bray \Bray\, v. i. [OE brayen, F. braire to bray, OF. braire to
cry, fr. LL. bragire to whinny; perh. fr. the Celtic and akin
to E. break; or perh. of imitative origin.]
1. To utter a loud, harsh cry, as an ass.

Laugh, and they Return it louder than an ass can
bray. --Dryden.

2. To make a harsh, grating, or discordant noise.

Heard ye the din of battle bray? --Gray.

Bray \Bray\, v. t.
To make or utter with a loud, discordant, or harsh and
grating sound.

Arms on armor clashing, brayed Horrible discord.

And varying notes the war pipes brayed. --Sir W.

Bray \Bray\, n.
The harsh cry of an ass; also, any harsh, grating, or
discordant sound.

The bray and roar of multitudinous London. --Jerrold.

Bray \Bray\, n. [OE. braye, brey, brew, eyebrow, brow of a hill,
hill, bank, Scot. bra, brae, bray, fr. AS. br?w eyebrow,
influenced by the allied Icel. br? eyebrow, bank, also akin
to AS. br? yebrow. See {Brow}.]
A bank; the slope of a hill; a hill. See {Brae}, which is now
the usual spelling. [North of Eng. & Scot.] --Fairfax.

bray at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : the cry of an ass
v 1: braying characteristic of donkeys [syn: {hee-haw}]
2: reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading;
"grind the spices in a mortar"; "mash the garlic" [syn: {grind},
{mash}, {crunch}, {comminute}]
3: laugh loudly and harshly

bray at English (WD) Of Explained:



* Inter: enPR » breɪ, Inter: IPA » /bɹeɪ/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /breI/
  • Inter: rhymes » eɪ

    Etymology 1

    From Inter: etyl » frm Inter: term » braire|lang=frm, from Inter: etyl » VL. Inter: term » bragire|lang=la, from Inter: etyl » cel-gau *bragu (compare Middle Irish Inter: term » braigid||it crashes, explodes|lang=mga, Breton Inter: term » breugiñ||to bray|lang=br; akin to English Inter: term » break|lang=en, Latin Inter: term » fragor||crash|lang=la, Inter: term » frangere||to break|lang=la.


    Inter: en-ver » b

  • Of a donkey, to make its cry.
    1. : Whenever I walked by, that donkey brayed at me.
    2. Of a camel, to make its cry
      Inter: trans-top » to make the cry of a donkey

  • Basque: Inter: t+ » eu|arrantza egin
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|рева като магаре
  • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|bramar
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|balken
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kiljua, Inter: t+ » fi|hirnua
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|braire
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|iahen

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Hebrew: Inter: t+ » he|נער|tr=na'ár
    • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|rymja
    • Italian: Inter: t- » it|ragliare
    • Jèrriais: Inter: tø » roa-jer|braithe
    • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|revati, Inter: t- » sh|njakati
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|rebuznar

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-nou » n
  • The cry of an ass or donkey.
    1. The cry of a camel
      * hee-haw
      Inter: trans-top » the cry of a donkey

  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|магарешки рев
  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|bram|m
  • Dutch: gebalk {{n}}
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|braiment|m
  • Hebrew: נְעִירָה (ne'ira) {{f}}
  • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|rymur|m

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Italian: Inter: t- » it|raglio|m
    • Kurdish:
    • : Sorani: Inter: t+ » ku|زه‌ڕین|tr=zerin|sc=ku-Arab
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|рёв|m осла
    • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|njak, Inter: t- » sh|revanje
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|rebuzno|m

    Inter: trans-botto » m

    Etymology 2

    From Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » breier|lang=fr (Modern French Inter: term » broyer|lang=fr).


    Inter: en-ver » b
  • Inter: context » now|_|rare To crush or pound, especially with a mortar.
    1. 1624, John Smith, Generall Historie, in Kupperman 1988, p. 141:
    2. : Their heads and shoulders are painted red with the roote Pocone brayed to powder, mixed with oyle ....

    Translation: et » bray
    Translation: fa » bray
    Translation: fr » bray
    Translation: ko » bray
    Translation: io » bray
    Translation: kn » bray
    Translation: hu » bray
    Translation: mg » bray
    Translation: ml » bray
    Translation: my » bray
    Translation: pl » bray
    Translation: ta » bray
    Translation: te » bray
    Translation: vi » bray
    Translation: zh » bray