- grass, clover, alfalfa, etc., cut and dried for use as forage.
- grass mowed or intended for mowing.
- a small sum of money: Twenty dollars an hour for doing very little certainly ain't hay.
- money: A thousand dollars for a day's work is a lot of hay!
- Slang. marijuana.
- to convert (plant material) into hay.
- to furnish (horses, cows, etc.) with hay.
- to cut grass, clover, or the like, and store for use as forage.
- a roll in the hay, Slang. sexual intercourse.
- hit the hay, Informal. to go to bed: It got to be past midnight before anyone thought of hitting the hay.
- in the hay, in bed; retired, especially for the night: By ten o'clock he's in the hay.
- make hay of, to scatter in disorder; render ineffectual: The destruction of the manuscript made hay of two years of painstaking labor.
- make hay while the sun shines, to seize an opportunity when it presents itself: If you want to be a millionaire, you have to make hay while the sun shines.Also make hay.
Origin of hay
- John Milton,1838–1905, U.S. statesman and author.
- a river in NW Canada, flowing NE to the Great Slave Lake. 530 miles (853 km) long.
Examples from the Web for hay
But I sent him some hay and some information and he turned it around.Amy Sedaris Is Hollywood's Beloved Rabbit-Loving Comedian Crafter
August 28, 2014
After that, who knows how many innocent straws of hay will start to look like needles under the gaze of unseen algorithms.The NSA Can ‘Collect-it-All,’ But What Will It Do With Our Data Next?
May 16, 2014
The straw and hay piled around the tent only exacerbated the situation.Thrills and Too Many Spills: The Dangers of the Circus
May 5, 2014
After preparatory school in Illinois, Hay went to Brown University, where he amused men and charmed women.
In return for exclusive access, Nicolay and Hay gave Robert the right to edit their copy, which he did.
He's got a hay rack with him, and that would be just the thing to take your tent and poles.In the Midst of Alarms
And Otto ran away barely in time to catch the groom, who was going for the hay.Rico and Wiseli
By golly, we'll stake her to a hay knife and tell her to go after him!Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
They fought for bread, as horses when there is no hay in the rack.The Boy Life of Napoleon
And he sed "Oh you git out, you've got hay seed in your hair."Uncles Josh's Punkin Centre Stories
- grass, clover, etc, cut and dried as fodder
- (in combination)a hayfield; a hayloft
- hit the hay slang to go to bed
- make hay of to throw into confusion
- make hay while the sun shines to take full advantage of an opportunity
- roll in the hay informal sexual intercourse or heavy petting
- to cut, dry, and store (grass, clover, etc) as fodder
- (tr) to feed with hay
- a circular figure in country dancing
- a former country dance in which the dancers wove in and out of a circle
- Will. 1888–1949, British music-hall comedian, who later starred in films, such as Oh, Mr Porter! (1937)
Word Origin and History for hay
"grass mown," Old English heg (Anglian), hieg, hig (West Saxon) "grass cut or mown for fodder," from Proto-Germanic *haujam (cf. Old Norse hey, Old Frisian ha, Middle Dutch hoy, German Heu, Gothic hawi "hay"), literally "that which is cut," or "that which can be mowed," from PIE *kau- "to hew, strike" (cf. Old English heawan "to cut;" see hew). Slang phrase hit the hay (pre-1880) was originally "to sleep in a barn;" hay in the general figurative sense of "bedding" (e.g. roll in the hay) is from 1903.