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[uh-hoi] /əˈhɔɪ/
interjection, Nautical.
(used as a call to hail another ship, attract attention, etc.)
Origin of ahoy
1745-55; variant of hoy2. Cf. aha, ahem Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for ahoy
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  • "ahoy there, aboard the freighter," sounded a stern, determined voice.

    The Space Rover Edwin K. Sloat
  • In answer to the summons of the boatswain, "All hands, attend lecture, ahoy!"

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • The second mate then went forwards, shouting, “All hands, ahoy!”

    The White Squall John Conroy Hutcheson
  • “Shipmate, ahoy,” he exclaimed in a suppressed tone as he passed.

    Manco, the Peruvian Chief W.H.G. Kingston
  • As Bigley was about to give the word to let go once more there came a loud “ahoy!”

    Devon Boys George Manville Fenn
  • ahoy to you, and good morning, whoever you are,” cried the Cornishman.

    To Win or to Die George Manville Fenn
  • I shall go down to the pier, and call out to my men, ‘ahoy!’

    Trapped by Malays George Manville Fenn
  • He looked at me without answering, and just then there came from behind us a loud “ahoy!”

    Patience Wins George Manville Fenn
  • Eben Megg had only just disappeared when the faint, monotonous cry of “ahoy!”

    The Lost Middy George Manville Fenn
  • They drew nearer, and they heard the distant "ahoy" more clearly.

    Mary Barton

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
British Dictionary definitions for ahoy


(nautical) a hail used to call a ship or to attract attention
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ahoy

1751, from a + hoy, a nautical call used in hauling. The original form of the greeting seems to have been ho, the ship ahoy!

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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