What does HAY mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hay(verb)

    grass mowed and cured for use as fodder

  2. hay(verb)

    convert (plant material) into hay

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hay(noun)

    a hedge

  2. Hay(noun)

    a net set around the haunt of an animal, especially of a rabbit

  3. Hay(verb)

    to lay snares for rabbits

  4. Hay(noun)

    grass cut and cured for fodder

  5. Hay(verb)

    to cut and cure grass for hay

  6. Origin: [OE. hei, AS. hg; akin to D. hooi, OHG. hewi, houwi, G. heu, Dan. & Sw. h, Icel. hey, ha, Goth. hawi grass, fr. the root of E. hew. See Hew to cut.]


  1. Hay

    Hay is grass, legumes or other herbaceous plants that have been cut, dried, and stored for use as animal fodder, particularly for grazing livestock such as cattle, horses, goats, and sheep. Hay is also fed to pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs. Pigs may be fed hay, but they do not digest it as efficiently as more fully herbivorous animals. Hay is fed when or where there is not enough pasture or rangeland on which to graze an animal, when grazing is unavailable due to weather or when lush pasture by itself is too rich for the health of the animal. It is also fed during times when an animal is unable to access pasture, such as when animals are kept in a stable or barn.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hay

    hā, n. grass cut down and dried for fodder.—ns. Hay′cock, a conical pile of hay in the field; Hay′-fē′ver, an ailment mostly met with in early summer, marked by excessive irritation of the nose, throat, &c., and accompanied with violent sneezing and intense headache—also called Hay′-asth′ma; Hay′field, a field where hay is made; Hay′-fork, a long-handled fork used in turning over hay to dry, or in lifting it; Hay′-knife, a broad knife, with a handle set cross-wise at one end, used for cutting hay from a stack; Hay′-loft, a loft in which hay is kept; Hay′-mak′er, one employed in cutting and drying grass for hay: (pl.) a kind of country-dance; Hay′-mak′ing; Hay′-mow, a rick of hay: a mass of hay stored in a barn; Hay′-rick, a pile of hay; Hay′-stack, a stack of hay; Hay′-ted′der, a machine for scattering hay and exposing it to the sun and air.—Look for a needle in a hay-stack, to look for something where it is barely possible to be found; Make hay, to throw things into confusion; Make hay while the sun shines, to seize a favourable opportunity. [A.S. híeg, híg, hég; Ger. heu, Dut. hooï, Ice. hey.]

  2. Hay

    hā, n. a hedge, fence.—n. Hay′-ward, one who herded the common cattle of a town. [A.S. hegehaga, a hedge.]

  3. Hay

    hā, n. (Shak.) a home-thrust in fencing. [It. hai, avere—L. habēre, to have.]

  4. Hay

    hā, n. a country-dance with winding movement.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HAY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4134


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of HAY in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of HAY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Miguel de Cervantes:

    Let us make hay while the sun shines.

  2. Latin Proverb:

    Hay is more acceptable to an ass than gold.

  3. Groucho Marx:

    Paying alimony is like feeding hay to a dead horse.

  4. Prince Phillip:

    If it doesn't fart or eat hay, she isn't interested. (on his daughter, Princess Anne)

  5. Andrea Nini:

    Most of what we see in the Bixby letter is found in the writing of Hay, but not in Lincoln.

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