- The definition of a bray is the sound a donkey makes.
An example of a bray is the sound a donkey would make when kicked in the rear end.
- Bray means to make the loud, harsh sound of a donkey, or to talk loudly, or to crush into powder.
- An example of bray is to laugh with the sound like a donkey.
- An example of bray is to crush an aspirin with a mortar and pestle.
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Origin: Middle English braien ; from Old French braire ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form bragire, to cry out
- to crush or pound into a powder, as in a mortar
- to spread thin, as ink
Origin: Middle English braien ; from Old French breier, to pound, pulverize; probably ; from Frankish an unverified form brekan, break
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verb brayed, bray·ing, brays verb, intransitive
- To utter the loud, harsh cry of a donkey.
- To sound loudly and harshly: The foghorn brayed all night.
- The loud, harsh cry of a donkey.
- A sound resembling that of a donkey: “an endless bray of pointless jocosity” (Louis Auchincloss).
Origin: Middle English braien, from Old French braire, from Vulgar Latin *bragere, of Celtic origin.
transitive verb brayed, bray·ing, brays
- To crush and pound to a fine consistency, as in a mortar.
- To spread (ink) thinly over a surface.
Origin: Middle English braien, from Old French breier, of Germanic origin; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.