noun \ˈhā\

: grass that has been cut and dried to be used as food for animals

: a small amount of money

Full Definition of HAY

:  herbage and especially grass mowed and cured for fodder
:  reward
slang :  bed
:  a small sum of money <a saving of…$14 million is not hay — H. C. Schonberg>

Examples of HAY

  1. <their credit card debt isn't hay—it'll take years to pay it off>
  2. <dragging myself out of the hay on such a cold, dreary morning seemed like an act of sheer masochism>

Origin of HAY

Middle English hey, from Old English hīeg; akin to Old High German hewi hay, Old English hēawan to hew
First Known Use: before 12th century



Definition of HAY

intransitive verb
:  to cut, cure, and store hay
transitive verb
:  to feed with hay

First Known Use of HAY



biographical name \ˈhā\

Definition of HAY

John Milton 1838–1905 Am. statesman


geographical name \ˈhā\

Definition of HAY

river 530 miles (853 kilometers) Canada in N Alberta & S Northwest Territories flowing NE into Great Slave Lake
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