Hay vs Thay - What's the difference?

hay | thay |


As nouns the difference between hay and thay

is that 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 while thay is corpse.

As a verb hay

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

hay

English

Etymology 1

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

Noun

  • (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

    Verb

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

    References

    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? .

    Noun

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

    * * * ----

    thay

    English

    Etymology 1

    Article

    (head)
  • * {{quote-book, year=1861, author=Thomas Hughes, title=Tom Brown at Oxford, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage="The chaps as catches the big fishes, sir," went on the keeper, getting confidential, "is thay cussed night-line poachers." }}

    Etymology 2

    Verb

    (head)
  • * {{quote-book, year=1868, author=Sophie May, title=Dotty Dimple at Her Grandmother's, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage="Good girlth don't thay tho," said sweet little Charlie rather shocked. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1903, author=Burt L. Standish, title=Frank Merriwell's Bravery, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Do you mean to thay I am no gentleman, thir?}}

    Etymology 3

    Pronoun

    (head)
  • * {{quote-book, year=1506, author=Alexander Barclay, title=The Ship of Fools, Volume 1, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Yet fynde I another sort almoste as bad as thay . }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1566, author=John Knox, title=The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6), chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=But potent is he against whome thei faught; for when thay wicked war in greatast securitie, then begane God to schaw his anger. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1838, author=William Makepeace Thackeray, title=Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Law bless us! there was four of us on this stairkes, four as nice young men as you ever see: Mr. Bruffy's young man, Mr. Dawkinses, Mr. Blewitt's, and me--and we knew what our masters was about as well as thay did theirselfs. }}