see also: Hay
Pronunciation Noun


  1. (uncountable) Grass cut and dried for use as animal fodder.
    • Make hay while the sun shines.
    • Hay may be dried too much as well as too little.
  2. (countable) Any mix of green leafy plants used for fodder.
  3. (slang) Cannabis; marijuana.
    • 1947, William Burroughs, letter, 19 Feb 1947:
      I would like some of that hay. Enclose $20.
  4. A net set around the haunt of an animal, especially a rabbit.
Translations Verb

hay (hays, present participle haying; past and past participle hayed)

  1. To cut grasses or herb plants for use as animal fodder.
  2. To lay snares for rabbits.
  • Italian: fieno
  • Portuguese: fenar
  • Russian: собира́ть се́но
  • Spanish: cortar heno
Related terms Noun

hay (plural hays)

  1. (obsolete) A hedge.
  2. (obsolete) A net placed around the lair or burrow of an animal.
  3. (obsolete) An enclosure, haw.
  4. (obsolete) A circular country dance.
    • 1594, Christopher Marlowe, Edward II (play), London: William Jones,
      My men like Satyres grazing on the lawnes,
      Shall with their Goate feete daunce an antick hay,
    • c. 1594, William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, Act V, Scene 1,
      I’ll make one in a dance, or so; or I will play
      On the tabour to the Worthies, and let them dance the hay.

hay (plural hays)

  1. The letter for the h sound in Pitman shorthand.
Related terms
  • aitch, the Latin letter for this sound

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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