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hay

[hey]
noun
1.
grass, clover, alfalfa, etc., cut and dried for use as forage.
2.
grass mowed or intended for mowing.
3.
Slang.
a.
a small sum of money: Twenty dollars an hour for doing very little certainly ain't hay.
b.
money: A thousand dollars for a day's work is a lot of hay!
4.
Slang. marijuana.
verb (used with object)
5.
to convert (plant material) into hay.
6.
to furnish (horses, cows, etc.) with hay.
verb (used without object)
7.
to cut grass, clover, or the like, and store for use as forage.
Idioms
8.
a roll in the hay, Slang. sexual intercourse.
9.
hit the hay, Informal. to go to bed: It got to be past midnight before anyone thought of hitting the hay.
10.
in the hay, in bed; retired, especially for the night: By ten o'clock he's in the hay.
11.
make hay of, to scatter in disorder; render ineffectual: The destruction of the manuscript made hay of two years of painstaking labor.
12.
make hay while the sun shines, to seize an opportunity when it presents itself: If you want to be a millionaire, you have to make hay while the sun shines. Also, make hay.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English hēg; cognate with German Heu, Old Norse hey, Gothic hawi. See hew

hayey, adjective
unhayed, adjective
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hay1 (heɪ)
 
n
1.  a.  grass, clover, etc, cut and dried as fodder
 b.  (in combination): a hayfield; a hayloft
2.  slang hit the hay to go to bed
3.  make hay of to throw into confusion
4.  make hay while the sun shines to take full advantage of an opportunity
5.  informal roll in the hay sexual intercourse or heavy petting
 
vb
6.  to cut, dry, and store (grass, clover, etc) as fodder
7.  (tr) to feed with hay
 
[Old English hieg; related to Old Norse hey, Gothic hawi, Old Frisian hē, Old High German houwi; see hew]

hay or hey2 (heɪ)
 
n
1.  a circular figure in country dancing
2.  a former country dance in which the dancers wove in and out of a circle
 
[C16: of uncertain origin]
 
hey or hey2
 
n
 
[C16: of uncertain origin]

Hay (heɪ)
 
n
Will. 1888--1949, British music-hall comedian, who later starred in films, such as Oh, Mr Porter! (1937)

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Word Origin & History

hay
"grass mown," O.E. heg (Anglian), hieg, hig (W.Saxon) "grass cut or mown for fodder," from P.Gmc. *khaujan (cf. O.N. hey, O.Fris. ha, M.Du. hoy, Ger. Heu, Goth. hawi "hay"), lit. "that which is cut," or "that which can be mowed," from PIE *kau- "to hew, strike" (cf. O.E. heawan "to cut"). Hay-fever is
from 1829; earlier it was called summer catarrh. Hayseed is from 1577 in the literal sense of "grass seed shaken out of hay;" in U.S. slang sense of "comical rustic" it dates from 1851. Haymaker in the sense of "very strong blow with the fist" is from 1912, probably in imitation of the wide swinging stroke of a scythe. Slang phrase hit the hay (pre-1880) was originally "to sleep in a barn;" hay in the general fig. sense of "bedding" (e.g. roll in the hay) is from 1903.
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Bible Dictionary

Hay definition


properly so called, was not in use among the Hebrews; straw was used instead. They cut the grass green as it was needed. The word rendered "hay" in Prov. 27:25 means the first shoots of the grass. In Isa. 15:6 the Revised Version has correctly "grass," where the Authorized Version has "hay."

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