\ˈhȯi \

Definition of hoy 

(Entry 1 of 2)

used in attracting attention or in driving animals



Definition of hoy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a small usually sloop-rigged coasting ship

2 : a heavy barge for bulky cargo

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Grande Baloy digan lo que digan, hasta hoy este panameño ha hecho más q Messi en Rusia. Luis Miguel Echegaray, SI.com, "WATCH: Panama’s Home Call, Celebrations of First World Cup Goal," 24 June 2018 Adivinan qué canción Shakira ha preparado hoy en los ensayos...? Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "Shakira Takes Fans Behind the Scenes of 'El Dorado Tour' Preparations: Watch," 21 May 2018 El club, como medida disciplinaria, le obligó a entrenar hoy, día libre del equipo. SI.com, "PHOTO: Roma Defender Has Driving Licence Taken Away After Wrecking Lamborghini While Drink Driving," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of hoy


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hoy


Middle English


Middle English, from Middle Dutch hoei

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evasion of direct action or statement

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