ahoy

ahoy

[uh-hoi]
interjection Nautical.
(used as a call to hail another ship, attract attention, etc.)

Origin:
1745–55; variant of hoy. Cf. aha, ahem

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ahoy (əˈhɔɪ)
 
interj
nautical a hail used to call a ship or to attract attention

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ahoy
1751, from a + hoy, a nautical call used in hauling.
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