Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Grass or other plants, such as clover or alfalfa, cut and dried for fodder.
  • n. Slang A trifling amount of money: gets $100 an hour, which isn't hay.
  • intransitive v. To mow and cure grass and herbage for hay.
  • transitive v. To make (grass) into hay.
  • transitive v. To feed with hay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Grass cut and dried for use as animal fodder.
  • n. Any mix of green leafy plants used for fodder.
  • n. Cannabis; marijuana.
  • v. To cut grasses or herb plants for use as animal fodder.
  • n. The name of the letter for the h sound in Pitman shorthand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hedge.
  • n. A net set around the haunt of an animal, especially of a rabbit.
  • intransitive v. To lay snares for rabbits.
  • n. Grass cut and cured for fodder.
  • intransitive v. To cut and cure grass for hay.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Grass that has been cut; especially, grass cut and dried for use as fodder.
  • n. To throw things into confusion; scatter everything about in disorder.
  • To make hay of; convert into hay.
  • To feed with hay; give hay to.
  • To cut and dry or cure grass for use as fodder.
  • n. A hedge.
  • n. A net set round the haunt of an animal.
  • n. An inclosure; a haw.
  • n. [Cf. heydeguy.] A round country-dance; a dance in a ring.
  • To lay snares for rabbits.
  • Same as hey.
  • In fencing: An exclamation used when one's opponent is hit.
  • A home thrust.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. convert (plant material) into hay
  • n. grass mowed and cured for use as fodder

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English hīeg; see kau- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English hey, from Old English hīġ, hīeġ, from Proto-Germanic *hawjan (cf. West Frisian hea, Dutch hooi, German Heu), from *hawwanan ‘to hew, cut down’. More at hew. (Wiktionary)

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  • The ultimate problem with hay is whether or not there will be enough to go around for the animals in the area.

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  • This was why he sat at the beer table with Captain Jorgensen, who was just returned with a schooner-load of hay from the Petaluma Flats.

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  • I agree with hmfr you hipacritical people what the hay is wrong with you all, have any of you lost anyone dear and close? if you had you would be more sympathetic towards Danny, I give him so much credit, most people go into a depression

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  • It became part of the wildness of the ranch, and, after being helped for a season, was left to its own devices. they used to gather the seeds of the California poppy and scatter them over their own acres, so that the orange-colored blossoms spangled the fields of mountain hay and prospered in flaming drifts in the fence corners and along the edges of the clearings.

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  • Two winters ago, in a neighboring state, The Fish And Game Department decided to prevent the northern most deer-herd from starving to death in the snow banks by dropping them baled hay from a C-130.

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  • With the main hay fever, in particular cedar fever, season nearly over, this report from japan. internet.com on a survey by goo Research Inc into hay fever is interesting to see how it has affected people this spring.

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  • Por fin hay un organismo del Estado que sabe hacer sus trámites de una manera fácil para el usuario y con una actitud amable

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  • "The hay is in the barn, and you can go home by 2 p.m. and spend some time with your family."

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