See also: Hay, hãy, and haþ

EnglishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English hey, from Old English hīeġ, from Proto-West Germanic *hawi, from Proto-Germanic *hawją (compare West Frisian hea, Dutch hooi, German Heu, Norwegian høy), from *hawwaną (to hew, cut down). More at hew.

NounEdit

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?)
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VerbEdit

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 2Edit

From Middle English haye, heye, a conflation of Old English heġe (hedge, fence) and Old English ġehæġ (an enclosed piece of land).

NounEdit

hay (plural hays)

  1. (obsolete) A hedge.
  2. (obsolete) A net placed around the lair or burrow of an animal.
  3. (obsolete) An enclosure, haw.
  4. (obsolete) A circular country dance.

Etymology 3Edit

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", .

NounEdit

hay (plural hays)

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

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LushootseedEdit

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VerbEdit

hay

  1. to know

Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

NounEdit

hay (plural hayes)

  1. Alternative form of haye (net)

Etymology 2Edit

InterjectionEdit

hay

  1. Alternative form of hey (hey)

Etymology 3Edit

NounEdit

hay (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of hey (hay)

Etymology 4Edit

PronounEdit

hay

  1. Alternative form of he (they)

Etymology 5Edit

NounEdit

hay

  1. Alternative form of heye (hedge)

Etymology 6Edit

VerbEdit

hay

  1. Alternative form of haven (to have)

Middle FrenchEdit

VerbEdit

hay

  1. first-person singular present indicative of hayr

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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 ibī (there).

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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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VietnameseEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Cognate with Arem hɪː ("to understand").

VerbEdit

hay

  1. (archaic or literary) to know; to get to know; to learn
    • 2018 January 22, Viễn Sự, Sơn Lâm, “Trẻ con lai ở miền Tây: Con không cha như nhà không nóc [The mixed children in Southwestern Vietnam: a fatherless child is like a roofless house]”, in Tuổi Trẻ Online[3]:
      Hồi mẹ nó ẵm về nước, bà nội nó nói mua cho cái vé khứ hồi, tới hồi ra sân bay về lại Hàn Quốc thì mới hay cái vé đi có một chiều.
      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 nhiều lắmYou, child, have a habit of talking too much / You, child, are talkative
Usage notesEdit
  • The sense of “to know” is now mostly used in fixed expressions.

Etymology 2Edit

AdjectiveEdit

hay

  1. exciting, interesting, good
    Antonyms: dở, tệ
    ý hay
    good idea
    Phim này hay.
    This film is interesting.

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ConjunctionEdit

hay ()

  1. or
    Chọn cái này, hay chọn cái kia
    Choose this one, or choose that one
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InterjectionEdit

hay

  1. go, let us go