- A shark (scaleless cartilaginous fish).
- Haye may denote a sense narrower than merely “shark” in many uses, but the term has been applied to sharks in waters from the Arctic Circle to the Cape of Good Hope, rendering it unlikely that any more specific consistent usage can be inferred.
From Dutch haai (“shark”) or West Flemish haaie (formerly haeye), from the Old Norse hái, a short form of hákarl (“shark”) (a compound of hár, "high, great" + karl, "man"). The German Hai and the Swedish haj are from the same source.
- 1806, Edmund Burke, Dodsley's annual register:
- Iem, that hee take order with them for husbandlie usage of the haye, and apportionate the provender to be allowed to everye man's charge, according to the number of horses that are in house […]
- 1836, Samuel Astley Dunham, Lives of the most eminent literary and scientific men of Great Britain, Volume 1:
- […] and he toke the horse and the haye, and lept upon the horse and rode to the gentlemannys place […]