- 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
Examples from the Web for haying
Historical Examples of haying
All up and down the Valley bottom-lands the haying was in progress.In the Valley
The officers sympathized, especially when that business was haying.The Siege of Boston
Last week Peter was haying and Meg and I helped him make loads.Four Little Blossoms at Brookside Farm
Mabel C. Hawley
It was haying time, and the mowers were busy cutting alfalfa.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail
And you know there's that calf I told you I'd give you if you helped me with the haying.The Tale of Timothy Turtle
Arthur Scott Bailey
- 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
Word Origin for hay
- 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
- Will. 1888–1949, British music-hall comedian, who later starred in films, such as Oh, Mr Porter! (1937)
Word Origin and History for haying
"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 haying
see hit the hay; make hay while the sun shines; roll in the hay; that ain't hay.