American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- interj. Used to hail a ship or a person or to attract attention.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Nautical, an exclamation used to attract the attention of persons at a distance: as, ship ahoy!
- interj. nautical Used to hail a ship, a boat or a person, or to attract attention.
- v. To hail with a cry of "ahoy".
GNU Webster's 1913
- interj. (Naut.) A term used in hailing.”
- From "a-hoy"; 'hoy' being a Middle English greeting dating back to the fourteenth century. (Wiktionary)
“And then there's the pub, all brown and homely inside, but with seats outside where you can watch the activity on the water as the boats dislodge their holidaymaker crews in search of a pie and a pint, and people who look like habitual landlubbers establish their credentials by shouting commands which incorporate such seafarer words as "ahoy".”
“The word "ahoy" will, however, be retained, and in fact used to even more excess than before.”
“The long drawn out "ahoy" had scarcely died on their lips before it was answered by an equally long blast from the whistle, to which they responded by repeating the hail at brief intervals, each answering blast of the whistle telling them that the boat was drawing nearer, until at length the faint loom of the boat showed in the darkness, and a lantern was suddenly held high above a man's head.”
“His heart began to throb and his hopes to rise, for he felt convinced that the "ahoy" was an answer to his call, and in a wild fit of excitement and joy he said to himself, --”
“A Google News search over the past month shows 414 stories with references to "ahoy," 150 to "avast," 76 to "walk the plank," 61 to "Davy Jones," and 165 to varying spellings of”
“Actually, he liked to use two ahoys in a row: Ahoy, ahoy!”
“Anchors aweigh, ship ahoy, and all that— remember?”
“The final cost of the film was somewhere between $140m and $160m, figures gleefully quoted by negative reviewers who spied a massive flop ahoy and predicted chastening financial losses.”
“Picture so many words showering down from the chateau, falling like tears of joy, watering all those heirloom roses, ahoy!”
“The person slowly turned to stare at Lisa, smiled broadly, and whispered, in a voice as dry as a desert wind: Ship ahoy, there you are.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘ahoy’.
Arrrrrrrgh. September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, mateys.
Nice ambient words from the movie. (With apologies to Patrick O'Brian.) Aaaah, life at sea...aboard a hulk of the British navy in 1805...
... as in "by James Joyce"
just the next words that come along
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For use on September 19th.
My first Wordie list
Ways to say hello.
Looking for tweets for ahoy.