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Hay
See also: Hay, hãy, and haþ

English

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Etymology 1

From Middle English hey, from Old English h, h?e?, from Proto-Germanic *hawj? (compare West Frisian hea, Dutch hooi, German Heu, Norwegian høy), from *hawwan? ("to hew, cut down"). More at hew.

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Noun

hay (countable and uncountable, plural hays)

  1. (uncountable) Grass cut and dried for use as animal fodder.
    • (Can we date this quote by Camden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Make hay while the sun shines.
    • (Can we date this quote by C. L. Flint and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Hay may be dried too much as well as too little.
  2. (countable) Any mix of green leafy plants used for fodder.
  3. (slang) Cannabis; marijuana.
    • 1947, William Burroughs, letter, 19 Feb 1947:
      I would like some of that hay. Enclose $20.
  4. A net set around the haunt of an animal, especially a rabbit.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Rowe to this entry?)
  5. (obsolete) A hedge.
  6. (obsolete) A circular country dance.
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Verb

hay (third-person singular simple present hays, present participle haying, simple past and past participle hayed)

  1. To cut grasses or herb plants for use as animal fodder.
  2. To lay snares for rabbits.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Huloet to this entry?)
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Etymology 2

From the sound it represents, by analogy with other letters such as kay and gay. The expected form in English if the h had survived in the Latin name of the letter "h", h?.

Noun

hay (plural hays)

  1. The letter for the h sound in Pitman shorthand.
Related terms
  • aitch, the Latin letter for this sound

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Middle English

Etymology 1

Noun

hay (plural hayes)

  1. Alternative form of haye ("net")

Etymology 2

Interjection

hay

  1. Alternative form of hey ("hey")

Etymology 3

Noun

hay (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of hey ("hay")

Etymology 4

Pronoun

hay

  1. Alternative form of he ("they")

Etymology 5

Noun

hay

  1. Alternative form of heye ("hedge")

Etymology 6

Verb

hay

  1. Alternative form of haven ("to have")

Middle French

Verb

hay

  1. first-person singular present indicative of hayr

Spanish

Etymology

From Old Spanish ha i ("it has there") (compare Catalan hi ha and French il y a), from ha, third-person singular present of haber ("to have"), + i, enclitic form of ahí, from Latin ib? ("there").

Pronunciation

Verb

hay

  1. (impersonal) Present indicative form of haber, there is, there are
    Hay dos tiendas que venden películas.
    There are two stores that sell films.

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Vietnamese

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Cognate with Arem [h?:] ("to understand").

Verb

hay

  1. (archaic or literary) to know; to get to know; to learn
    • 2018 January 22, Vi?n S?, S?n Lâm, "Tr? con lai ? mi?n Tây: Con không cha nh? nhà không nóc [The mixed children in Southwestern Vietnam: a fatherless child is like a roofless house]", in Tu?i Tr? Online[3]:
      H?i m? nó ?m v? nc, bà n?i nó nói mua cho cái vé kh? h?i, t?i h?i ra sân bay v? l?i Hàn Qu?c thì m?i hay cái vé ?i có m?t chi?u.
      When his mother carried him in her arms back to Vietnam, his paternal grandmother said they had bought a return ticket for her, but she realised it was only a one-way ticket when she was at the airport, trying to return to Korea.
  2. ('hay' + verb) to have a habit of (doing something)
    Con hay nói nhi?u l?m - You, child, have a habit of talking too much / You, child, are talkative
Usage notes
  • The sense of "to know" is now mostly used in fixed expressions.

Etymology 2

Adjective

hay

  1. exciting, interesting
    Phim này hay - This film is interesting
    Antonyms: d?, t?

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Etymology 3

Conjunction

hay ()

  1. or
    Ch?n cái này, hay ch?n cái kia
    Choose this one, or choose that one
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Walloon

Pronunciation

Interjection

hay

  1. go, let us go

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