hay

noun
\ ˈhā \

Definition of hay

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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 hay— H. C. Schonberg

hay

verb
hayed; haying; hays

Definition of hay (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to cut, cure, and store hay

transitive verb

: to feed with hay

Hay

biographical name
\ ˈhā \

Definition of Hay (Entry 3 of 4)

John Milton 1838–1905 American statesman

Hay

geographical name
\ ˈhā \

Definition of Hay (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One of seven ranches Mr. Crosby operated in the area, the property spans about 3,000 acres and includes a working cattle ranch, a private airstrip and airplane hangar and various structures for ranch operations and hay barns. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Remote Nevada Ranch, Once Bing Crosby’s Hideaway, Goes Up for Sale," 14 Feb. 2019 An alpine hay and flower wrap followed by an ayurvedic massage will bring you a new level of serenity. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This Austrian Spa and Ski Town Is Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 11 Jan. 2019 Jughead is the one who figures all of this out, because Archie is too busy living his best farm boy life to care, just shirtlessly slinging bales of hay and making bedroom eyes at Laurie. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Betty's In Serious Trouble on This Week's Riverdale," 6 Dec. 2018 The couple said the money will go towards getting more milk cows, hay, and other farm loans. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "Dairy farm turns to GoFundMe for survival," 24 Aug. 2018 Boys worked as farm laborers, baling hay and handling chores. Jeff Gammage, Philly.com, "A search for native children who died on 'Outings' in Pa.," 2 May 2018 In Viloria and other hamlets in the shade of the limestone ranges of Loquiz and Urbasa, that's achieved by covering pyramids of wood with hay, dry leaves and a layer of insulating soil. Alvaro Barrientos, Fox News, "Charcoal makers in Spain keep embers of an old trade burning," 13 Sep. 2018 Those in the area stop by to drop off bales of hay and volunteer their time. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Volunteers care for Navajo wild horses during drought, despite overpopulation concerns," 13 July 2018 Ride through Cave Hill on the rustic hay wagon with Civil War historian Bryan Bush. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "How to Festival, Throo the Zoo and more to do in Louisville this week," 7 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The fields are still hayed and a small herd of cattle often draws visits from people driving along a busy Route 151. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "Preserving An East Haddam Farm With A Lifetime Full Of Memories," 18 Aug. 2017 Seybolt used the Belgians to hay, spread manure and log. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Reva Seybolt: A Quiet Force Of Nature," 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of hay

Noun

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

Verb

1535, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for hay

Noun

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

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

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hay

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hay

: grass that has been cut and dried to be used as food for animals
US, informal : a small amount of money

hay

noun
\ ˈhā \

Kids Definition of hay

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of various herbs (as grasses) cut and dried for use as food for animals bales of hay

hay

verb
hayed; haying

Kids Definition of hay (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut plants for hay

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