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hay | have |

As a noun hay

is (uncountable) grass cut and dried for use as animal fodder or hay can be the name of the letter for the h sound in pitman shorthand.

As a verb hay

is to cut grasses or herb plants for use as animal fodder.

As an adjective have is

gaunt; pale and thin.



Etymology 1

(etyl) (m), from (etyl) . More at (l).


  • (uncountable) Grass cut and dried for use as animal fodder.
  • * Camden
  • Make hay while the sun shines.
  • * C. L. Flint
  • Hay may be dried too much as well as too little.
  • (countable) Any mix of green leafy plants used for fodder.
  • (slang) Cannabis; marijuana.
  • * 1947 , William Burroughs, letter, 19 Feb 1947:
  • I would like some of that hay . Enclose $20.
  • A net set around the haunt of an animal, especially a rabbit.
  • (Rowe)
  • (obsolete) A hedge.
  • (obsolete) A circular country dance.
  • to dance the hay
    Derived terms
    * hay fever * hayloft, hay loft * haystack * hayward * hit the hay * make hay while the sun shines


    (en verb)
  • To cut grasses or herb plants for use as animal fodder.
  • To lay snares for rabbits.
  • (Huloet)


    Webster's Online Dictionary article on hay

    Etymology 2

    : 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? .


    (en noun)
  • The name of the letter for the h sound in Pitman shorthand.
  • Anagrams

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    : Additional archaic forms are second-person singular present tense hast 'and second-person singular past tense''' hadst''' or ' haddest .
  • To possess, own, hold.
  • I have a house and a car.
    Look what I have here — a frog I found on the street!
  • To be related in some way to (with the object identifying the relationship).
  • I have two sisters.
    The dog down the street has a lax owner.
  • To partake of a particular substance (especially a food or drink) or action.
  • I have breakfast at six o'clock.
    Can I have a look at that?
    I'm going to have some pizza and a beer right now.
  • Used in forming the and the past perfect aspect.
  • I have already eaten today.
    I had already eaten.
  • must.
  • I have to go.
    Note: there's a separate entry for have to .
  • To give birth to.
  • The couple always wanted to have children.
    My wife is having the baby right now!
  • To engage in sexual intercourse with.
  • He's always bragging about how many women he's had .
  • To accept as a romantic partner.
  • Despite my protestations of love, she would not have me.
  • (transitive with bare infinitive ) To cause to, by a command or request.
  • They had me feed their dog while they were out of town.
  • (transitive with adjective or adjective-phrase complement ) To cause to be.
  • He had him arrested for trespassing.
    The lecture's ending had the entire audience in tears.
  • (transitive with bare infinitive ) To be affected by an occurrence. (Used in supplying a topic that is not a verb argument.)
  • The hospital had several patients contract pneumonia last week.
    I've had three people today tell me my hair looks nice.
  • (transitive with adjective or adjective-phrase complement ) To depict as being.
  • Their stories differed; he said he'd been at work when the incident occurred, but her statement had him at home that entire evening.
    Anton Rogan, 8, was one of the runners-up in the Tick Tock Box short story competition, not Anton Rogers as we had it.'' — ''The Guardian .
  • Used as interrogative auxiliary verb with a following pronoun to form tag questions. (For further discussion, see "Usage notes" below)
  • We haven't eaten dinner yet, have we ?
    Your wife hasn't been reading that nonsense, has she ?
    (UK usage) He has some money, hasn't he ?
  • (British, slang) To defeat in a fight; take.
  • I could have him!
    I'm gonna have you!
  • (Irish) To be able to speak a language.
  • I have no German .
  • To feel or be (especially painfully) aware of.
  • Dan certainly has arms today, probably from scraping paint off four columns the day before.
  • To be afflicted with, to suffer from, to experience something negative
  • He had a cold last week.
    We had a hard year last year, with the locust swarms and all that.
  • To trick, to deceive
  • You had me alright! I never would have thought that was just a joke.
  • (often with present participle) To allow
  • * 1922 , (Virginia Woolf), (w, Jacob's Room) Chapter 2
  • "You're a very naughty boy. If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times. I won't have you chasing the geese!"

    Usage notes

    Interrogative auxiliary verb have ...?' (''third-person singular'' '''has ...?''', ''third-person singular negative'' '''hasn't ...?''' ''or'' '''has ... not?''', ''negative for all other persons, singular and plural'' '''haven't ...?''' ''or'' '''have ... not? ); ''in each case, the ellipsis stands for a pronoun * Used with a following pronoun to form tag questions after statements that use "have" to form the perfect tense or (in UK usage) that use "have" in the present tense. *: We haven't eaten dinner yet, have we ? *: Your wife hasn't been reading that nonsense, has she ? *: I'd bet that student hasn't studied yet, have they ? *: You've known all along, haven't you ? *: The sun has already set, has it not ? *: (UK usage'') He has some money, hasn't he ? (''see usage notes below ) * This construction forms a tag that converts a present perfect tense sentence into a question. The tag always uses an object pronoun substituting for the subject. Negative sentences use has'' or ''have'', distinguished by number. Affirmative sentences use the same followed by ''not'', or alternatively, more commonly, and less formally, ''hasn't'' or ''haven't . (See ). * In American usage, this construction does not apply to present tense sentences with has'' or ''have , or their negations, as a verb; it does not apply either to the construction "have got". In those cases, use "does" or its negation instead. For example: "He has some money, doesn't he?" and "I have got enough time, don't I?" These constructions with "do", "does", "don't" or "doesn't" are considered incorrect in UK usage.

    Derived terms

    * -'ve * be had * have a ball * have a cow * have at you * have it in for * have it off * have had enough * have had it * have nots * have someone on * have to * haves

    See also

    * auxiliary verb * past tense * perfect tense