hay

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English hey, from Old English hīġ, hīeġ, from Proto-Germanic *hawją (compare West Frisian hea, Dutch hooi, German Heu, Norwegian høy), 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.
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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", .

Noun[edit]

hay (plural hays)

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

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Middle French[edit]

Verb[edit]

hay

  1. first-person singular present indicative of hayr

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.

Vietnamese[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Verb[edit]

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 notes[edit]
  • The sense of “to know” is now mostly used in fixed expressions.

Etymology 2[edit]

Adjective[edit]

hay

  1. exciting, interesting
    Phim này hayThis film is interesting

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Conjunction[edit]

hay ()

  1. or
    Chọn cái này, hay chọn cái kia
    Choose this one, or choose that one
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Walloon[edit]

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Interjection[edit]

hay

  1. go, let us go