Hay definition

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Grass or other plants, such as clover or alfalfa, cut and dried for fodder.
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(slang) A trifling amount of money.

Gets $100 an hour, which isn't hay.

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To mow grass, alfalfa, etc., and spread it out to dry.
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To furnish with hay.
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To grow grass on (land) for hay.
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An old country dance with much winding in and out.
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(person) 1838-1905; U.S. statesman & writer: secretary of state (1898-1905)
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(slang) A negligible amount, esp. of money.

A hundred dollars ain't hay.

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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.

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(uncountable) Grass cut and dried for use as animal fodder.
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(countable) Any mix of green leafy plants used for fodder.
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A net set around the haunt of an animal, especially a rabbit.

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To cut grasses or herb plants for use as animal fodder.
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The name of the letter for the h sound in Pitman shorthand.
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To feed with hay.
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To mow and cure grass and herbage for hay.
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Grass, alfalfa, clover, etc. cut and dried for use as fodder.
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To make (grass) into hay.
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a roll in the hay
  • the act or an instance of sexual intercourse
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hit the hay
  • to go to bed to sleep
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make hay
  • to mow grass, alfalfa, etc., and spread it out to dry
  • to make the most of an opportunity
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make hay (out) of something
  • to turn something to one's advantage
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hay
Plural:
Hays

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

a roll in the hay
make hay (out) of something

Origin of hay

  • Middle English from Old English hīeg kau- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English hey, from Old English hīġ, hīeġ, from Proto-Germanic *hawją (cf. West Frisian hea, Dutch hooi, German Heu), from *hawwaną ‘to hew, cut down’. More at hew.

    From Wiktionary