From "a-hoy"; 'hoy' being a Middle English greeting dating back to the fourteenth century.



(nautical) Used to hail a ship, a boat or a person, or to attract attention.

(humorous) Warning of something approaching or impending.

Usage notes

• Traditionally, when used from a ship to hail an approaching boat, the standard responses are

"aye aye", if a commissioned officer is in the boat;

"no no", if no officer is in the boat;

name of ship, if the captain of another ship is in the boat;

"flag" if an admiral is in the boat.


• (to attract attention): oi, yo; see also hey


ahoy (third-person singular simple present ahoys, present participle ahoying, simple past and past participle ahoyed)

To hail with a cry of "ahoy".


ahoy (plural ahoys)

An utterance of this interjection.


• Hoya, hoya

Source: Wiktionary

A*hoy", interj. Etym: [OE. a, interj. + hoy.] (Naut.)

Definition: A term used in hailing; as, "Ship ahoy."

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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