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hye (comparative hyer, superlative hyest)

  1. Obsolete spelling of high
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I[1], 1921 ed. edition:
      On th' other side in all mens open vew Duessa placed is, and on a tree Sans-foy his[*] shield is hangd with bloody hew: Both those[*] the lawrell girlonds to the victor dew. 45 VI A shrilling trompet sownded from on hye, And unto battaill bad them selves addresse: Their shining shieldes about their wrestes they tye, And burning blades about their heads do blesse, The instruments of wrath and heavinesse: 50 With greedy force each other doth assayle, And strike so fiercely, that they do impresse Deepe dinted furrowes in the battred mayle; The yron walles to ward their blowes are weak and fraile.
    • 1661, Various, The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 357[2]:
      The beauty and glory of it is yn two streetes, whereof the hye street goes from est to west, having a righte goodely crosse in the middle of it, making a quadrivium, and goeth from north to south."


hye (third-person singular simple present hyes, present participle hying or hyeing, simple past and past participle hyed)

  1. Obsolete spelling of hie
    • 1594, Christopher Marlowe, Massacre at Paris[3]:
      NAVARRE. And now Navarre whilste that these broiles doe last, My opportunity may serve me fit, To steale from France, and hye me to my home.





  1. hay


  • J. Poole W. Barnes, A Glossary, with Some Pieces of Verse, of the Old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy (1867)