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Definition of bray:

  1. The noise of an ass; a harsh grating sound. See Brag, Brawl.
  2. To pound or beat small. See Break.
  3. To utter with a bray.
  4. To utter a harsh sound, as an ass.

Bray \b-ray\

cry out; borderland
Bray as a boy's name is of Middle English and Old French origin, and the meaning of Bray is "cry out; borderland". In English as in donkeys bray.
Bri, Berry, Bear, Brye, Barry, Bar.

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Examples of usage for bray:

  1. The aristocracy of brains differs from the aristocracies of birth and boodle as the sun differs from the jack- o- lantern, or as the music of the soul differs from the bray of the burro, or as a pure woman's love differs from the stolen affections hashed up by the fourth husband. "Dollars and Sense" , Col. Wm. C. Hunter.
  2. Mr. Bray, his wife, and his sister- in- law were a trio more like some delightful characters in a first- rate novel than the sober inhabitants of a Warwickshire country town. "George Eliot" , Mathilde Blind.
  3. Mr. Bray was a wealthy ribbon manufacturer, but had become engrossed from an early age in religious and metaphysical speculation as well as in political and social questions. "George Eliot" , Mathilde Blind.

Quotes for bray:

  1. An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down. - George Eliot
  2. If a donkey bray at you, don't bray at him. - George Herbert
  3. I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am. - Sylvia Plath

Rhymes for bray:

  1. aaa, attache, bouvier, bta, bua, cabaret, cabernet, cea, chevrolet, dak, disarray, disobey, ekk, faberge, fiance, intraday, ira, ita, jna, lyonnais, monterey, monterrey, overplay, overstay, perrier, piaget, underplay, underway, uva.
  2. abbe, allay, array, asay, astray, away, b-j, ballet, beauvais, belay, beret, betray, bombay, bouquet, buffet, cache, cafe, calais, carre, cathay, chalet, cliche, convey, crochet, croquet, da, decay, defray, delay, delray, dismay, display, dk, dossier, ek, essay, filet, fillet, ga, gervais, ha, halfway, hervey, hooray, hurray, jose, levey, mackay, macrae, manet, mccrea, mckay, mcveigh, millay, monet, moray, nikkei, nisei, o'shea, obey, oj, okay, olay, ole, orsay, parquet, passe, portray, prepay, puree, purvey, rene, renee, repay, replay, risque, saute, sergei, soiree, sorbet, souffle, survey, today, toupee, valet.
  3. ae, ay, bay, bey, blay, brae, brey, ca, cay, che, clay, cray, dae, day, daye, de, dey, dray, drey, fay, faye, fe, fey, flay, fray, frey, gaye, gray, graye, grey, gway, hay, haye, hey, hwe, j, jae, jay, jaye, k, kay, kaye, khe, klay, lait, lay, lei, ley, mae, may, maye, mei, mey, nay, ne, neigh, nej, ney, pay, paye, pei, play, pray, prey, quai, quay, rae, ray, raye, re, rey, say, saye, se, shay, shea, slay, sleigh, spray, sta, stay, stray, sway, sze, tae, tay, they, tray, trey, vey, way, waye, wei, weigh, wey, whey, wray, wy, yay, yea.
  4. asea, cabriolet, ceta, communique, foia, hiaa, naivete, noaa.
  5. waga.
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