Definition of ahoy in English:


Syllabification: a·hoy
Pronunciation: /əˈhoi


A call used in hailing: ahoy there! ship ahoy!
More example sentences
  • We didn't know what it was going to be like when we started, but as we got into it, more and more people, all the emails I get now instead of hi Peter, it's ahoy!
  • The ref blows for full time - golden goal or penalties ahoy!
  • It will be ship ahoy for the brave mum-of-two Marie next Tuesday as she takes up the Cabin Fever challenge on board a 90 ft Schooner ship.


mid 18th century: from ah + hoy1.


land ahoy!

An exclamation announcing the sighting of land from a ship.
More example sentences
  • From high above the voice of a man hollered, ‘Land ahoy!’
  • Tempted by the memories of too many pirate movies as a kid, I shout, only a little maliciously, ‘Land ahoy!’
  • I am woken from my dreams as the lookout guards shout “Land Ahoy!” Britain is in sight.

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