Definition of ahoy exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ahoy

 exclamation
exclamation
BrE BrE//əˈhɔɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈhɔɪ//
 
 
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used by people in boats to attract attention Ahoy there! Ship ahoy! (= there is a ship in sight) Word Origin mid 18th cent.: from ah + hoy, an exclamation used to attract attention.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ahoy

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