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hay

noun \ ˈhā \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of hay

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of hay

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


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hay

verb

Definition of hay

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

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First Known Use of hay

1535


Hay

biographical name \ ˈhā \

Definition of Hay

John Milton 1838–1905 American statesman

Hay

geographical name \ ˈhā \

Definition of Hay

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


HAY Defined for English Language Learners

hay

noun

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

noun \ ˈhā \

Definition of hay for Students

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

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hay

verb

Definition of hay for Students

hayed; haying
: to cut plants for hay


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