- Hay is defined as cut and dried grass, alfalfa and other plants used as food for farm animals.
An example of hay is what is fed to sheep.
A field of hay.
hay definition by Webster's New World
- grass, alfalfa, clover, etc. cut and dried for use as fodder
- Slang bed, often, specif., as a place for sexual intercourse
- ☆ Slang a small amount, esp. of money: a hundred dollars ain't hay
Origin: Middle English hei ; from Old English hieg (akin to German heu) ; from base of Old English heawan, to cut: see hew
- to furnish with hay
- to grow grass on (land) for hay
Origin: Old French haye
hay definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Grass or other plants, such as clover or alfalfa, cut and dried for fodder.
- Slang A trifling amount of money: gets $100 an hour, which isn't hay.
- To make (grass) into hay.
- To feed with hay.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English hīeg; see kau- in Indo-European roots.
- hayˈer noun
, John Milton 1838-1905.
hay - Phrases/Idioms
hit the hayâ
- to mow grass, alfalfa, etc., and spread it out to dry
- to make the most of an opportunity
make hay (out) of
make hay while the sun shines