Main definitions of hay in English

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noun

  • Grass that has been mown and dried for use as fodder.

    ‘Here we plant a mixture of alfalfa and timothy, or alfalfa and orchard grass, as hay for horses or dairy cows.’
    • ‘By the time we headed back to the palace, we smelled of horse manure and hay, with hay and grass sticking out from our hair and clothes.’
    • ‘When a field gets too weedy, Fred will seed it in grasses and turn it into pasture or hay.’
    • ‘He advised farmers with surplus stock and a fodder shortage to purchase concentrate feed rather than hay.’
    • ‘Several producers have cut soybeans for hay or silage.’
    • ‘Legume hay (such as alfalfa) typically has a greater calcium content than grass hay.’
    • ‘Forage varieties can be drilled in May and just one harvest will provide three to six tons of high protein hay or silage.’
    • ‘About three years ago, his cows began grazing mostly on pasture and were fed grain and hay over winter.’
    • ‘You also could mix grain or chopped hay with freshly chopped corn to lower the moisture content.’
    • ‘We had somebody put our grass into square hay bales two or three years ago.’
    • ‘Tractors cannot be used on land to convey fodder to feeding sites and farmers have to carry in hay or silage on their backs.’
    • ‘There are organic sources for any and all nutrients you'll need to grow hay and pasture.’
    • ‘Some grass is grown on the farm for hay or silage, together with swede, turnip or kale for winter forage.’
    • ‘The fruit is kept in a room for a day after harvest and thereafter, it is wrapped between layers of straw, grass, hay or paper.’
    • ‘Fall is the perfect time of the year to start hay, especially timothy or other grasses.’
    • ‘Thousands of acres of corn and hay are planted each year for cattle to eat.’
    • ‘He is hoping people will donate fodder and hay for a convoy for those struggling to feed their stock.’
    • ‘The Wilsons feed the hogs corn, barley, oats and hay grown on their farm.’
    • ‘Most producers had moved cattle to pastures, with hay supplies very short.’
    • ‘He ran out of grass and began feeding cattle hay and other nutrients in August, a month earlier than usual.’
    forage, dried grass, pasturage, herbage, silage, fodder, straw
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Pronunciation

hay

/hā/ /heɪ/

Phrases

    hit the hay
    informal
    • Go to bed.

      • ‘The weekend was finished off in the best way possible, with Amelia sleeping soundly from 8pm until 1am and me hitting the hay at 9.’
      • ‘Our houseguest hit the hay at one and I went up to sleep.’
      • ‘I plan to go for a few beers down the local pub before hitting the hay.’
      • ‘Whenever you wear make-up, you should always remember to wash it all off before hitting the hay.’
      • ‘We settled down to watch some more mindless pap on the TV until it was time to hit the hay.’
      • ‘Well, it's getting late and I need to hit the hay.’
      • ‘We got home safely, sat chatting for a while over steaming mugs of tea and then hit the hay for a couple of hours.’
      • ‘My days started and ended early, with the clinic recommending that guests hit the hay by 9pm.’
      • ‘He's making his usual to-do list before hitting the hay.’
      • ‘I'll usually check my email once more before hitting the hay at night.’
    make hay
    • Make good use of an opportunity; use a situation to one's advantage.

      ‘the opposition parties intend to make hay out of the government's pre-election promises’
      • ‘This is one of a few occasions that provide a good opportunity for both private and governmental textile houses to make hay.’
      • ‘If our soccer players do not appreciate the privilege of having direct access to Africa's richest soccer league, then they must blame themselves for not making hay while the sun shines.’
      • ‘Talk about making hay while the sun shines: this is a place that knows how to make the most of an unusually short summer season.’
      • ‘The private sector has been making hay on the railways for far too long.’
      • ‘She has been making hay from embarrassing her parents for 20 years while alternately cashing in on their names.’
      • ‘She was making hay while the sun shone - making pots of money from endorsing carpets and other unlikely products.’
      • ‘Those who opposed the war are now making hay, coming forward with accusations which would have been inconceivable a matter of weeks ago.’
      • ‘Developers in Bangalore are making hay, thanks to the sudden spurt in spending power of the average Bangalorean added to the rock bottom rates of home loans.’
      • ‘Since then Robert has been making hay with the series, but the genre is certainly played out by now.’
      • ‘With three films already released this year, and another four on the way, he has been making hay while the Californian sun shines.’
    make hay while the sun shines
    proverb
    • Make the most of a favorable situation while it lasts.

Origin

Old English hēg, hīeg, hīg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hooi and German Heu, also to hew.

Main definitions of hay in English

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hay2

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noun

  • 1A country dance with interweaving steps similar to a reel.

    • ‘He danced the Hays round two elbow chairs.’
    1. 1.1A winding formation danced in a hay or other country dance.
      • ‘One of the most pleasing movements in country-dancing is what they call ‘the hay’.’

Pronunciation

hay

/hā/ /heɪ/

Origin

Early 16th century from an obsolete sense ‘a kind of dance’ of French haie ‘hedge’, figuratively ‘row of people lining the route of a procession’.