hoy

hoy

1 [hoi]
noun Nautical.
1.
a heavy barge used in harbors.
2.
a vessel of the 17th and 18th centuries, usually slooprigged, used for fishing and coastal trading.

Origin:
1485–95; < Middle Dutch hoey

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hoy

2 [hoi]
interjection
1.
(used as an exclamation to attract attention.)
noun
2.
a shout or hail.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; variant of hey

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hoy1 (hɔɪ)
 
n
1.  a freight barge
2.  a coastal fishing and trading vessel, usually sloop-rigged, used during the 17th and 18th centuries
 
[C15: from Middle Dutch hoei]

hoy2 (hɔɪ)
 
interj
a cry used to attract attention or drive animals
 
[C14: variant of hey]

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hoy

second largest of the Orkney Islands of northern Scotland, located 2 miles (3 km) west of the island of Mainland, across the Sound of Hoy. Hoy is a lofty island-its name means "High Island"-with a spectacularly indented coastline of red sandstone cliffs that reach heights of more than 1,000 feet (300 metres). The Old Man of Hoy, a detached pillar of rock 450 feet (137 metres) high, is a famous landmark. Hoy is 14 miles (23 km) long and 6 miles (10 km) wide with an area of 53 square miles (137 square km). Pop. (2001) 392.

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