Definition of bray verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    bray

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//breɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//breɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bray
    BrE BrE//breɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//breɪ//
     
    he / she / it brays
    BrE BrE//breɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//breɪz//
     
    past simple brayed
    BrE BrE//breɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//breɪd//
     
    past participle brayed
    BrE BrE//breɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//breɪd//
     
    -ing form braying
    BrE BrE//ˈbreɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbreɪɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] when a donkey brays, it makes a loud unpleasant sound
  2. 2[intransitive] (of a person) to talk or laugh in a loud unpleasant voice He brayed with laughter. a braying voice
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French brait ‘a shriek’, braire ‘to cry’ (the original senses in English), perhaps ultimately of Celtic origin.

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