Used to attract someone’s attention: ‘Hoy! Look!’
More example sentences
- "Hoy!" shouted Charles, getting out of his seat.
- He spat out the bread and shouted "Hoy! Hoy!" down at the street.
noun[mass noun] Australian
A game resembling bingo, using playing cards.
- Why not bring your friends along to a fun morning playing Hoy and then delicious BBQ lunch?
- Thursday was pension day and a larger than usual number of visitors frequented the Workers Club, playing the pokies or taking part in a game of Hoy.
Natural exclamation: first recorded in late Middle English.
Words that rhyme with hoyahoy, alloy, Amoy, annoy, boy, buoy, cloy, coy, destroy, employ, enjoy, Hanoi, hoi polloi, Illinois, joy, koi, oi, ploy, poi, Roy, savoy, soy, tatsoi, toy, trompe l'œil, troy
A small coastal sailing vessel, typically single-masted.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, English hoys plied a trade between London and the north Kent coast.
Middle English: from Middle Dutch hoei, of unknown origin.
verb[with object] Australian & Northern English , informal
- 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.
- 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.
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.
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