hay

1 of 2

noun

1
: herbage and especially grass mowed and cured for fodder
2
: reward
3
slang : bed
4
: a small sum of money
a saving of … $14 million is not hayH. C. Schonberg

hay

2 of 2

verb

hayed; haying; hays

intransitive verb

: to cut, cure, and store hay

transitive verb

: to feed with hay

Examples of hay in a Sentence

Noun their credit card debt isn't hay—it'll take years to pay it off dragging myself out of the hay on such a cold, dreary morning seemed like an act of sheer masochism
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Noun
Straw is also less likely than hay to have been treated with pesticides, which would inhibit your plants or prevent their growth altogether. Jessica Damiano, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 May 2024 Lisbon time — a more reasonable hour to hit the hay. Regina G. Barber, NPR, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for hay 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English hey, from Old English hīeg; akin to Old High German hewi hay, Old English hēawan to hew

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1535, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of hay was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hay. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

hay

1 of 2 noun
: herbs (as grasses) cut and dried for use as fodder

hay

2 of 2 verb
1
: to cut, cure, and store plants for hay
2
: to feed with hay

Geographical Definition

Hay

geographical name

river 530 miles (853 kilometers) long in northern Alberta and the southern Northwest Territories, Canada, flowing northeast into Great Slave Lake

Biographical Definition

Hay

biographical name

John Milton 1838–1905 American statesman

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