ahoy

[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for ahoy

ahoy

/ (əˈhɔɪ) /

interjection

nautical a hail used to call a ship or to attract attention
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Word Origin and History for ahoy

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!

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