a heavy barge used in harbors.
a vessel of the 17th and 18th centuries, usually slooprigged, used for fishing and coastal trading.
Other definitions for hoy (2 of 2)
(used as an exclamation to attract attention.)
a shout or hail.
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How to use hoy in a sentence
Then the victuallers had to be loaded in the Thames and at Sandwich, and brought round to the ports where were the hoys or ships.Mary Tudor, Queen of France | Mary Croom Brown
To Poole the sailing-hoys run twice a-week, calling off Cowes and Yarmouth.Brannon's Picture of The Isle of Wight | George Brannon
Crammers' rejections, ill-regulated hobble-de-hoys, wasn't it?Stalky & Co. | Rudyard Kipling
The stage-coaches from different parts of London were innumerable, as were also the stage-wagons and the hoys.London | Walter Besant
The three hoys were replaced by four boats—boats of force as they were called, carrying fifty men each.The History of the Post Office | Herbert Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for hoy (1 of 2)
a freight barge
a coastal fishing and trading vessel, usually sloop-rigged, used during the 17th and 18th centuries
British Dictionary definitions for hoy (2 of 2)
a cry used to attract attention or drive animals
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