A field of hay.
An example of hay is what is fed to sheep.
- grass, alfalfa, clover, etc. cut and dried for use as fodder
- Slang a negligible amount, esp. of money: in negative constructions: a hundred dollars ain't hay
Origin of hayMiddle 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
a roll in the hay
hit the hay
- to mow grass, alfalfa, etc., and spread it out to dry
- to make the most of an opportunityalso make hay while the sun shines
make hay (out) of something
Origin of hayOld French haye
- 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.
verbhayed, hay·ing, hays
- To make hay on (a patch of land).
- To make (grass or other plants) into hay.
- To feed with hay.
Origin of hayMiddle English from Old English hīeg ; see kau- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural hays)
(third-person singular simple present hays, present participle haying, simple past and past participle hayed)
- The name of the letter for the h sound in Pitman shorthand.