hay

[ hey ]
/ heɪ /

noun

verb (used with object)

to convert (plant material) into hay.
to furnish (horses, cows, etc.) with hay.

verb (used without object)

to cut grass, clover, or the like, and store for use as forage.

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Idioms for hay

Origin of hay

before 900; Middle English; Old English hēg; cognate with German Heu, Old Norse hey, Gothic hawi. See hew

OTHER WORDS FROM hay

hay·ey, adjectiveun·hayed, adjective

Definition for hay (2 of 2)

Hay
[ hey ]
/ heɪ /

noun

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for hay (1 of 3)

hay1
/ (heɪ) /

noun

verb

to cut, dry, and store (grass, clover, etc) as fodder
(tr) to feed with hay

Word Origin for hay

Old English hieg; related to Old Norse hey, Gothic hawi, Old Frisian hē, Old High German houwi; see hew

British Dictionary definitions for hay (2 of 3)

hay2

hey

/ (heɪ) /

noun

a circular figure in country dancing
a former country dance in which the dancers wove in and out of a circle

Word Origin for hay

C16: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for hay (3 of 3)

Hay
/ (heɪ) /

noun

Will. 1888–1949, British music-hall comedian, who later starred in films, such as Oh, Mr Porter! (1937)
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Idioms and Phrases with hay

hay

see hit the hay; make hay while the sun shines; roll in the hay; that ain't hay.

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