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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brayverb

    the cry of an ass

  2. hee-haw, brayverb

    braying characteristic of donkeys

  3. grind, mash, crunch, bray, comminuteverb

    reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading

    "grind the spices in a mortar"; "mash the garlic"

  4. brayverb

    laugh loudly and harshly

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Braynoun

    Noise; sound.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Boist’rous untun’d drums,
    And harsh resounding trumpets dreadful bray. William Shakespeare.

  2. To BRAYverb

    To pound; or grind small.

    Etymology: bracan, Sax. braier, Fr.

    I’ll burst him; I will bray
    His bones as in a mortar. George Chapman, Iliads.

    Except you would bray christendom in a mortar, and mould it into a new paste, there is no possibility of a holy war. Francis Bacon.

  3. To BRAYverb

    Etymology: broire, Fr. barrio, Lat.

    Laugh, and they
    Return it louder than an ass can bray. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    What, shall our feast be kept with slaughter’d men?
    Shall braying trumpets, and loud churlish drums,
    Clamours of hell, be measures to our pomp? William Shakespeare.

    Arms on armour clashing, bray’d
    Horrible discord. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vi. l. 209.

    ’Agad if he should hear the lion roar, he’d cudgel him into an ass, and to his primitive braying. William Congreve, Old Batchelor.


  1. bray

    Bray is a verb that typically refers to the loud, harsh cry of a donkey or mule. It can also mean to make a similar harsh noise or to utter something in a loud, disagreeable tone. As a noun, "bray" refers to the sound itself.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brayverb

    to pound, beat, rub, or grind small or fine

  2. Brayverb

    to utter a loud, harsh cry, as an ass

  3. Brayverb

    to make a harsh, grating, or discordant noise

  4. Brayverb

    to make or utter with a loud, discordant, or harsh and grating sound

  5. Braynoun

    the harsh cry of an ass; also, any harsh, grating, or discordant sound

  6. Braynoun

    a bank; the slope of a hill; a hill. See Brae, which is now the usual spelling


  1. Bray

    Bray is a town in north County Wicklow, Ireland. It is a busy urban centre and seaside resort, with a population of 31,872 making it the fourth largest in Ireland as of the 2011 census. It is situated about 20 km south of Dublin on the east coast. Bray is the location of some industry, is home for many who commute to Dublin by car or rail, is a shopping town for the surrounding area, and still attracts tourists, particularly from Dublin at weekends. The town straddles the Dublin-Wicklow border, with a portion of the northern suburbs situated in County Dublin. Bray is the location of Ireland's only dedicated film studios, Ardmore Studios.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bray

    brā, v.t. to break, pound, or grind small, as in a mortar.—n. Bray′er, an instrument to grind or spread ink in printing. [O. Fr. breier (Fr. broyer); It. brigare.]

  2. Bray

    brā, n. the cry of the ass: any harsh grating sound.—v.i. to cry like an ass: to give forth harsh sounds, esp. of the trumpet.—ns. Bray′er, one who brays like an ass; Bray′ing, the noise of an ass: any harsh noise.—adj. making a harsh noise. [O. Fr. brai, brait; braire—Low L. bragire, prob. of Celt. origin.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Bray

    a Berkshire village, famous for Simon Aleyn, its vicar from 1540 to 1588, who, to retain his living, never scrupled to change his principles; he lived in the reigns of Charles II., James II., William III., Queen Anne, and George I.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. bray

    A small town in the department of Seine-et-Marne, France; it was occupied by the allies, February 12, 1814.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BRAY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bray is ranked #1003 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bray surname appeared 34,906 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 12 would have the surname Bray.

    81.7% or 28,539 total occurrences were White.
    12.2% or 4,279 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 813 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 771 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 293 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 209 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bray in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bray in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of bray in a Sentence

  1. Sophocles:

    For God hates utterly The bray of bragging tongues.

  2. Timothy Tan:

    Jackie Bray added, Bureaucracy and dysfunction, and all kinds of barriers to serving patients. The director of clinical operations at the Queens Hospital Center, Dr. Timothy Tan, also spoke with the Times and slammed the incompetence of city officials for not taking some of the pressure off overburdened hospitals, by sending more patients to the Billy Jean King facility. Knowing what our patients had to endure in an overcrowded emergency department, its frustrating how few patients were treated at facilities such as Billie Jean King.

  3. Sophocles, Antigone:

    For God hates utterlyThe bray of bragging tongues.

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