(etyl) (m), from (etyl) . More at (l).
(uncountable) Grass cut and dried for use as animal fodder.
* C. L. Flint
- Make hay while the sun shines.
(countable) Any mix of green leafy plants used for fodder.
(slang) Cannabis; marijuana.
* 1947 , William Burroughs, letter, 19 Feb 1947:
- Hay may be dried too much as well as too little.
A net set around the haunt of an animal, especially a rabbit.
- I would like some of that hay . Enclose $20.
(obsolete) A hedge.
(obsolete) A circular country dance.
- to dance the hay
* hay fever
* hayloft, hay loft
* hit the hay
* make hay while the sun shines
To cut grasses or herb plants for use as animal fodder.
To lay snares for rabbits.
Webster's Online Dictionary article on hay
: From the sound it represents, by analogy with other letters such as kay'' and ''gay''. The expected form in English if the ''h'' had survived in the Latin name of the letter "h", ''h? .
The name of the letter for the h sound in Pitman shorthand.
From (etyl) .
(archaic) Health, welfare.
- All heedless of his dearest hale .
Representing a Northern dialectal form of (etyl) .
Sound, entire, healthy; robust, not impaired.
* Jonathan Swift
* 1883 , (Howard Pyle), (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood)
- Last year we thought him strong and hale .
- "Good morrow to thee, jolly fellow," quoth Robin, "thou seemest happy this merry morn."
- "Ay, that am I," quoth the jolly Butcher, "and why should I not be so? Am I not hale in wind and limb? Have I not the bonniest lass in all Nottinghamshire? And lastly, am I not to be married to her on Thursday next in sweet Locksley Town?"
* Now rather uncommon, except in the stock phrase "hale and hearty".
From (etyl) halen, from (etyl) haler, from (etyl) ‘upright beam on a loom’). Doublet of (l).
To drag, pull, especially forcibly.
* , II.6:
* 1820 , (Percy Bysshe Shelley), , :
- For I had beene vilely hurried and haled by those poore men, which had taken the paines to carry me upon their armes a long and wearysome way, and to say truth, they had all beene wearied twice or thrice over, and were faine to shift severall times.
- The wingless, crawling hours, one among whom / As some dark Priest hales the reluctant victim / Shall drag thee, cruel King, to kiss the blood.
* 1992 , (Hilary Mantel), (A Place of Greater Safety) , Harper Perennial, 2007, page 262:
- He tried to persuade Cicely to stay away from the ball-room for a fourth dance..
- They will hale the King to Paris, and have him under their eye.