whinny etymology

English word whinny comes from Proto-Indo-European *ḱweys-, and later Proto-Germanic *hwīnaną (To rush, make a rushing sound, whizz, hiss, squeal, whine.)

Detailed word origin of whinny

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*ḱweys- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*hwīnaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To rush, make a rushing sound, whizz, hiss, squeal, whine.
hwīnan Old English (ang)
whinen Middle English (enm)
whine English (eng) (derogatory) a complaint or criticism. A long-drawn, high-pitched complaining cry or sound (intransitive) To complain or protest with a whine or as if with a whine.. (intransitive) To make a sound resembling such a cry.. (intransitive) To move with a whining sound.. (intransitive) To utter a high-pitched cry.. (transitive) To utter with the sound of a whine.
whinny English (eng) (transitive, intransitive, of a horse) To make a gentle neigh. A gentle neigh.

Words with the same origin as whinny

Descendants of *ḱweys-
whisper whistle