Reddish-brown: a bay colt.
- A reddish brown.
- A reddish-brown animal, especially a horse having a black mane and tail.
Origin of bay
Middle English bai from
Old French from
Latin badius perhaps of Celtic origin
Old Irish buide yellow
- A deep, prolonged bark, such as the sound made by hounds.
- The position of one cornered by pursuers and forced to turn and fight at close quarters: The hunters brought their quarry to bay.
- The position of having been checked or held at a distance: “He has seen the nuclear threat held at bay for 40 years” ( Earl W. Foell )
verbbayed, bay·ing, bays
To utter a deep, prolonged bark.
- To pursue or challenge with barking: “I had rather be a dog, and bay the moon” ( Shakespeare )
- To express by barking or howling: a mob baying its fury.
- To bring to bay: “too big for the dogs which tried to bay it” ( William Faulkner )
Origin of bay
Middle English from abai the cornering of a hunted animal by barking dogs from
Old French from abaier to bark
Italian abbaiare and
Occitan abaiar all ultimately of imitative origin Verb, from
Middle English baien to bark from abaien from
Old French abaier
- Laurus nobilis, a shrub of the family Lauraceae, having dark green leaves and berries.
- (in the plural, now rare) The leaves of this shrub, woven into a garland used to reward a champion or victor; hence, fame, victory.
- The leaf of this or certain other species of shrub, used as a herb.
- (US, dialect) A tract covered with bay trees.
- A kind of mahogany obtained from Campeche in Mexico.
From Middle English baye, baie, from Old English beġ (“berry”), as in beġbēam (“berry-tree”), conflated with Old French baie, from Latin bāca (“berry”).
- (geography) A body of water (especially the sea) more or less three-quarters surrounded by land.
- A bank or dam to keep back water.
From French baie, from Late Latin baia.
- An opening in a wall, especially between two columns.
- An internal recess; a compartment or area surrounded on three sides.
- The distance between two supports in a vault or building with a pitched roof.
- (nautical) Each of the spaces, port and starboard, between decks, forward of the bitts, in sailing warships.
- (rail transport) A bay platform.
- Shortened form of bay window.
From French baie, from Old French baé, masculine singular past participle of the verb baer, from Vulgar Latin *badō (“I am open”).
- The excited howling of dogs when hunting or being attacked.
- (by extension) The climactic confrontation between hunting-dogs and their prey.
- (figuratively) A state of being obliged to face an antagonist or a difficulty, when escape has become impossible.
(third-person singular simple present bays, present participle baying, simple past and past participle bayed)
- (intransitive) To howl.
- To bark at; hence, to follow with barking; to bring or drive to bay.
- to bay the bear
- To pursue noisily, like a pack of hounds.
From Old French bay, combined with aphesized form of abay; verbal form Old French baier, abaier.
(comparative more bay, superlative most bay)
- Of a reddish-brown colour (especially of horses).
- A brown colour/color of the coat of some horses.
- A horse of this color.
From French baie, from Latin badius (“reddish brown, chestnut”).
- A region of Somalia.
- (informal) The San Francisco Bay Area (metropolitan area in California)
- (informal) San Francisco Bay.