- 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!
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of hay
Definition for hay (2 of 2)
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|Kevin Fallon|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|Joshua Kopstein|May 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The straw and hay piled around the tent only exacerbated the situation.Thrills and Too Many Spills: The Dangers of the Circus|Marina Watts|May 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
James and Henry had been busy with the hay crop, and Mrs. West and Bess had spent the time with their sewing and reading.The Brand|Therese Broderick
How great was her delight to see a goat, and two cunning little kids, cuddling down on the hay at the bottom of the wagon!Minnie's Pet Horse|Madeline Leslie
Well, maybe, but need hot weather to make the corn grow an' hay cure right.Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond
But in some soils its presence may add considerably to the weight of a crop of hay, of which it is a factor.Clovers and How to Grow Them|Thomas Shaw
Ranks fourth in wheat and barley, sixth in hay, eighth in oats.Alden's Handy Atlas of the World|John B. Alden
British Dictionary definitions for hay (1 of 3)
- grass, clover, etc, cut and dried as fodder
- (in combination)a hayfield; a hayloft
Word Origin for hay
British Dictionary definitions for hay (2 of 3)
Word Origin for hay
British Dictionary definitions for hay (3 of 3)
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.
Idioms and Phrases with hay
see hit the hay; make hay while the sun shines; roll in the hay; that ain't hay.