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Interjection

ahoy

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

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.

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