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hay

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noun \ˈhā\

Definition of hay

  1. 1 :  herbage and especially grass mowed and cured for fodder

  2. 2 :  reward

  3. 3 slang :  bed

  4. 4 :  a small sum of money <a saving of…$14 million is not hay — H. C. Schonberg>

Examples of hay in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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hay

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Definition of hay

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to cut, cure, and store hay

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to feed with hay

1535

First Known Use of hay

1535


Hay

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biographical name \ˈhā\

Definition of Hay

  1. John Milton 1838–1905 Am. statesman


Hay

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geographical name \ˈhā\

Definition of Hay

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



HAY Defined for English Language Learners

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hay

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noun \ˈhā\

Definition of hay for English Language Learners

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

  • : a small amount of money


HAY Defined for Kids

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hay

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noun \ˈhā\

Definition of hay for Students

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


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hay

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verb

Definition of hay for Students

hayed

haying

  1. :  to cut plants for hay



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