Definition of ahoy in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈhoi/


A call used to greet someone or draw attention to something from a distance: 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.


land ahoy!

Nautical An exclamation announcing the sighting of land from a ship.
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.


Mid 18th century: from ah + hoy1.

Words that rhyme with ahoy

alloy, Amoy, annoy, boy, buoy, cloy, coy, destroy, employ, enjoy, Hanoi, hoi polloi, hoy, Illinois, joy, koi, oi, ploy, poi, Roy, savoy, soy, tatsoi, toy, trompe l'œil, troy

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Syllabification: a·hoy

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