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Definition of hoy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used in attracting attention or in driving animals

hoy

noun

Definition of hoy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a small usually sloop-rigged coasting ship
2 : a heavy barge for bulky cargo

First Known Use of hoy

Interjection

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hoy

Interjection

Middle English

Noun

Middle English, from Middle Dutch hoei

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The first known use of hoy was in the 14th century

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“Hoy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoy. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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