Main definitions of hoy in English

: hoy1hoy2hoy3

hoy1

exclamation

  • 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.’

Origin

Natural exclamation: first recorded in late Middle English.

Pronunciation

hoy

/hɔɪ//hoi/

Main definitions of hoy in English

: hoy1hoy2hoy3

hoy2

noun

historical
  • A small coastal sailing vessel, typically carrying one mast rigged fore-and-aft.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, English hoys plied a trade between London and the north Kent coast.’

Origin

Middle English: from Middle Dutch hoei, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

hoy

/hoi//hɔɪ/

Main definitions of hoy in English

: hoy1hoy2hoy3

hoy3

verb

[with object]Australian, Northern English
informal
  • Throw.

    • ‘If we think there's a possibility that everyone out there would accept it, we take it to a mass meeting which we did the last time and they hoyed it out.’
    • ‘Not wanting anyone to see such a tiddler he hoyed it overboard.’
    • ‘Simple: take your trainers off, wind your arm up, and get hoying your ‘shoe’ - the pleasing alternative to the game played by all those wizened, pipe-smoking Frenchmen.’
    • ‘1970's camping cavers had adopted the Dounreay technique for disposing of their rubbish - they'd hoyed it all down a deep shaft.’
    • ‘So he hoyed it in a well. So he threw it down a well.’
    hurl, smash, crash, slam, throw, toss, fling, pitch, cast, lob, launch, flip, catapult, shy, aim, direct, project, propel, send, bowl
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Origin

Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

hoy

/hɔɪ//hoi/