hay

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

hay (countable and uncountable, plural hays)

  1. (uncountable) Grass cut and dried for use as animal fodder.
    • Camden
      Make hay while the sun shines.
    • C. L. Flint
      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.
    to dance the hay
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Verb[edit]

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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Webster's Online Dictionary article on hay

Etymology 2[edit]

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", .

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Noun[edit]

hay (plural hays)

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

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Middle French[edit]

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hay

  1. first-person singular present indicative of hayr

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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, from Latin ibī (there).

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hay

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

Vietnamese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Hà Nội) IPA(key): /hɐj˧˧/
  • (Huế) IPA(key): /hɐj˧˧/
  • (Hồ Chí Minh City) IPA(key): /hɐj˧˥/

Adjective[edit]

hay

  1. exciting, interesting
    Phim này hay - This film is interesting

Verb[edit]

hay [+ verb]

  1. to have a habit of (doing something)
    Con hay nói nhiều lắm - You, child, have a habit of talking too much or You, child, are talkative

Conjunction[edit]

hay (là')

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

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