- 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.
- 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 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
hit the hay☆
- 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
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 (grass) 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)
- To cut grasses or herb plants for use as animal fodder.
- To lay snares for rabbits.
- The name of the letter for the h sound in Pitman shorthand.
- aitch, the name of the Latin letter for this sound