hey

See also: Hey

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English hey, hei, also without h- in ey, from Old English *hē, ēa (interjection), attested as first element in hēlā, ēalā (O!, alas!, oh!, lo!). Cognate with Dutch , hei (hi, hey), German hei (hey, wish), Danish and Swedish hej (hello, hey), Faroese hey (hey, hello), Old Norse, Icelandic and Norwegian hei (hey), Romanian hei, Russian эй (ej, hey); see heigh. Probably a natural expression, as may be inferred from its presence with similar meaning in many other unrelated languages: for example, Burmese ဟေး (he:), Finnish hei, Unami , and Mandarin (āi), and various sound-alikes as Ancient Greek εἴα (eía) and Latin eia, eho, Sanskrit हे (he). See also hello.

Alternative forms

Interjection

hey

  1. An exclamation to get attention.
    Hey, look at me!
    Hey! Listen!
  2. A protest or reprimand.
    Hey! Stop that!
  3. An expression of surprise.
    Hey! This is new!
  4. (US, Australia, Canada) An informal greeting, similar to hi.
    Hey! How's it going?
    Not too bad what's up wyd
  5. A request for repetition or explanation; an expression of confusion (see also eh, huh).
  6. A meaningless beat marker or extra, filler syllable in song lyrics.
    The chorus is nana na na, nana na na hey hey hey, goodbye".

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Translations

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Etymology 2

From French haie (hedge), with reference to the weaving patterns used in hedgelaying.

Noun

hey (plural heys)

  1. (country dancing) A choreographic figure in which three or more dancers weave between one another, passing by left and right shoulder alternately.

Translations

Etymology 3

See he.

Noun

hey (plural heys)

  1. (deprecated use of |lang= parameter) Alternative spelling of he
    (Hebrew letter)

Anagrams


Faroese

Interjection

hey

  1. hi, hey, hello
    hey aftur!hello again!
    Synonyms: halló, góðan morgun, góðan dag, gott kvøld
    Antonyms: farvæl, vit síggjast

Icelandic

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old Norse hey, from Proto-Germanic *hawją.

Noun

hey n (genitive singular heys, nominative plural hey)

  1. (usually uncountable) hay
Declension

Etymology 2

Interjection

hey

  1. hey

Middle English

Etymology 1

From Old English , from Proto-Germanic *hiz (this, this one).

Pronoun

hey

References

Etymology 2

From Old English hīe, .

Pronoun

hey

References


Portuguese

Verb

hey


Somali

Verb

hey

  1. possess

Spanish

Alternative forms

Etymology

Borrowed from English hey.

Pronunciation

Interjection

¡hey!

  1. hey!

Synonyms

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