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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HEY, n.1 Also hei, h'y. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. hay. Gen.Sc. Also deriv. hayer, a haymaker (Gall. 1708 Session Bk. Minnigaff (1939) 236). [həi]

1. Combs.: (1) hay bird, the willow-warbler, Phylloscopus trochilus (Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl.; Sc. 1885 C. Swainson Brit. Birds 26); (2) hay-bog, a piece of marshy ground where, before the practice of making hay from sown grasses became generally established, the rank grasses were dried for winter fodder (Cai., Kcb. 1957); (3) hay-bogie, a low hay-truck, dragged behind a tractor (Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; m.Lth., Arg., Kcb., Rxb. 1957); (4) hay-broo, -bree, a decoction or infusion of hay (Cai., Abd. 1957, -bree); (5) hey-cole, a hay-cock. Gen.Sc. See Cole; (6) hay-dash, a form of Dass, 2., q.v.; (7) hay-fog, aftermath, the second growth of grass in a mown hayfield (Ags., m.Lth. (-fug), Rxb. 1957); (8) hay-folk, hay harvesters, haymakers (m.Lth., Kcb. 1957); (9) hey-fow, hay-, a hayfork (Bnff., Kcb., Dmf. 1957). Cf. Fow, v.1, n.1; †(10) hay-inner, one who helps to bring in the hay-harvest. See In, v.; (11) hay-neuk, -nook, a corner of a byre or stable in which hay is stored for immediate consumption (Sh., Dmf., Rxb. 1957); (12) hey-ruck, Gall., a hay-rick, used fig. as a term of contempt for an untidy, stout woman (Abd.4 1931); (13) hei-sned, a scythe or its shaft (Kcd. 1909 Colville 163; m.Lth., Kcb., Dmf., Rxb. 1957). See Sned; (14) hay-soo, -sow, see Soo; (15) hay-tap, a light framework fixed to the sides of a farm cart to facilitate the transporting of high loads of hay, etc. (Fif. 1957).(2) Dmf. 1831 R. Shennan Tales 155:
She left the hay-bog in a fit of despair.
(4) Sh. 1836 Gentleman's Mag. II. 593:
A wirtie, onnist man az evvir pat a drap o' hey brü in a ülie kig, or hülkie eddiran.
Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr Duguid 228:
That lassock has biled the tea till it's like hay-broo.
(6) Arg. 1898 N. Munro J. Splendid iii.:
You forget I was but a bairn when we romped in the hay-dash.
(7) Sth. 1831 Brit. Husbandry (Burke 1840) III. 80:
The paleys (young weak and stunted lambs) are . . . sent directly to the hay-fog or aftermath.
(8) Kcb. 1890 A. J. Armstrong Musings 177:
The laverock that rises . . . Frae the mead an' the feet o' the hay-folk.
(9) Kcb. 1896 Crockett Cleg Kelly xliv.:
I'll learn ye to stick hay-fows into decent folk.
Abd. 1923 Banffshire Jnl. (23 Jan.) 8:
Then there might be farm “teels,” like tweeslicks, wummels, hey fowes, sneds.
(10) Rxb. 1753 Sc. Jnl. Agric. (1867) 8:
His wife is to spin six slips of yarn; and he mentains the hay-inners that helps him, and the plough-folk when they are there.
(11) Slk. a.1835 Hogg Tales (1837) II. 335:
Baith the hay-rook [sic] an' the coalhouse stand registered against him.
Kcb. 1894 Crockett Raiders xxiii.:
Caa'ed her “my dawtie,” and spoke to her as I used to do in the hay-neuk at Parton.
Gall. 1902 E.D.D. (Crockett note to above):
It is gen. the only clean place in the byre, and is often patronized by tramps, who enter without leave, as well as by lovers among the farm servants.
(12) Bnff. 1926 Banffshire Jnl. (15 June) 2:
He was sailing through the throng, his arms going like flails, and challenging the world: “Ony man, Ony man! fae a canary t' the toopich o' a hey-ruck.”
(15) Sc. 1814 J. Sinclair Agric. Scot. I. 240:
Sometimes the close or coup-carts have a light frame, or what is called hay-tops, occasionally fixed upon them, and are very convenient for carrying corn, hay, straw, or any bulky light articles.

2. The hay-harvest. Gen.Sc.Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 89:
It's wearin on now to the tail o' May, An' just between the bear seed and the hay.
Ayr. 1847 Ballads (Paterson) I. 95:
Some to fee for hay and hairst.
Ayr. a.1878 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage (1892) 246:
Thro' hay, an' thro' hairst, sair we toil it.
Mry. 1922 Swatches o' Hamespun 68:
They'll soon fin' oot their ploy's agley, Nae thocht o' dyowes in hairst an' hey.

[O.Sc. has hay as in Eng. from 1375, hey not appearing until 1644.]

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