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v. brayed, bray·ing, brays
1. To utter the loud, harsh cry of a donkey.
2. To sound loudly and harshly: The foghorn brayed all night.
To emit (an utterance or a sound) loudly and harshly.
1. The loud, harsh cry of a donkey.
2. A sound resembling that of a donkey: "an endless bray of pointless jocosity" (Louis Auchincloss).
[Middle English braien, from Old French braire, from Vulgar Latin *bragere, of Celtic origin.]
tr.v. brayed, bray·ing, brays
1. To crush and pound to a fine consistency, as in a mortar.
2. To spread (ink) thinly over a surface.
[Middle English braien, from Old French breier, of Germanic origin; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.]
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