Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

haystack

[hey-stak]
See more synonyms for haystack on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. a stack of hay with a conical or ridged top, built up in the mowed field so as to prevent the accumulation of moisture and promote drying.
Show More
Also especially British, hayrick.

Origin of haystack

1425–75; late Middle English. See hay, stack
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

hay, pile, stack, hayrick, sheaf, rick, haycock

Examples from the Web for haystack

Historical Examples

  • "'Twould be like hunting for a pin in a haystack," said the Rev. Hilary Jones.

    Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates

    Howard Pyle

  • "Yes, it was a haystack for mine last night," Frank admitted with a smile.

  • "Didn't sleep very good in the haystack I guess," commented Ned.

  • We two, perched on the haystack, did not take the words at all with a kindly meaning.

    Adventures and Recollections

    Bill o'th' Hoylus End

  • Presently Ivan mounted on to the haystack and began to play.


British Dictionary definitions for haystack

haystack

hayrick (ˈheɪˌrɪk)

noun
  1. a large pile of hay, esp one built in the open air and covered with thatch
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for haystack

n.

mid-15c., from hay + stack (n.).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with haystack

haystack

see needle in a haystack.

Show More
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.