When you bray, you make the “hee-haw” sound that a donkey makes. The sound itself is known also as a bray.

A mule or donkey’s bray is loud and jarring when compared to the gentle neigh of a pony. If you have a loud, goofy laugh, your friends might describe it as a bray, too. Donkeys bray when they’re under stress, and they bray back and forth to each other from separate stalls in a barn. When you argue loudly with your brother, your dad may yell, “I’m tired of hearing you two bray!” The Old French root of bray is braire, “to cry out.”

Definitions of bray
  1. noun

    the cry of a donkey

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    the characteristic utterance of an animal

  2. verb

    make a sound characteristic of donkeys

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    emit, let loose, let out, utter

    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

  3. verb

    laugh loudly and harshly

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    express joy, express mirth, laugh

    produce laughter

  4. verb

    reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading

    comminute, crunch, grind, mash
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    reduce to pulp

    grind, mash or pulverize in a mortar

    grind with a mill
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    break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize

    break or cause to break into pieces

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