- a heavy barge used in harbors.
- a vessel of the 17th and 18th centuries, usually slooprigged, used for fishing and coastal trading.
Origin of hoy1
First recorded in 1485–95, hoy is from the Middle Dutch word hoey
- (used as an exclamation to attract attention.)
- a shout or hail.
Origin of hoy2
1350–1400; Middle English; variant of hey
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- a freight barge
- a coastal fishing and trading vessel, usually sloop-rigged, used during the 17th and 18th centuries
C15: from Middle Dutch hoei
- a cry used to attract attention or drive animals
C14: variant of hey
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