Used to attract someone's attention.‘“Hoy! Look!”’
- ‘"Hoy!" shouted Charles, getting out of his seat.’
- ‘He spat out the bread and shouted "Hoy! Hoy!" down at the street.’
Natural exclamation: first recorded in late Middle English.
A small coastal sailing vessel, typically carrying one mast rigged fore-and-aft.‘Then it was rolled down to the water's edge along a walkway and loaded on to a powder hoy to be ferried to the waiting warship.’
- ‘The centrepiece of the gallery will be a three-quarter view full-scale model of a transport hoy, a reproduction of the Foreman's Office, and the quayside along which the boat will be moored.’
- ‘In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, English hoys plied a trade between London and the north Kent coast.’
- ‘Sailors of the Hound, blamed by Captain Mustard for running down his timber hoy, admitted that their collier lay so low in the water she could not pass over a shelf in the Thames near Rainham until flood tide.’
Middle English from Middle Dutch hoei, of unknown origin.
transitive verb[with object] informal Australian, Northern English
Throw.hurl, smash, crash, slam, throw, toss, fling, pitch, cast, lob, launch, flip, catapult, shy, aim, direct, project, propel, send, bowl
Mid 19th century of unknown origin.