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Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Natural exclamation; first recorded mid-16th century. Perhaps an unstressed variant of aye (yes, yeah).

PronunciationEdit

(tag question, request for repetition, ascertaining continued attention):

  • (Canada, UK) enPR: ā, IPA(key): /eɪ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪ

(apathy or lack of enthusiasm, unremarkable):

InterjectionEdit

eh

  1. (informal, UK, Australia, chiefly Canada, MTE, New Zealand, US) Used as a tag question, to emphasise what goes before or to request that the listener express an opinion about what has been said.
    These hot dogs are pretty good, eh?
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick 16:
      Well, what dost thou think then of seeing the world? Do ye wish to go round Cape Horn to see any more of it, eh? Can't ye see the world where you stand?
  2. In isolation, a request for repetition or clarification of what has just been said. Compare what, pardon.
  3. (chiefly Canada) An interjection used to ascertain the continued attention of an individual addressed by the speaker
    I went to the restaurant, eh, but my friends didn't show up.
  4. Expressing apathy or lack of enthusiasm; meh.
    —Do you feel like going out tonight?
    Eh, I don't know.

Usage notesEdit

  • In North America, the word is stereotypically associated with Canada and can sometimes convey that the speaker is trying to sound (sarcastically) Canadian outside the country. However, it is in widespread use in many other parts of the English-speaking world, including the northern United States, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, South Africa and Nigeria.

TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

eh (third-person singular simple present ehs, present participle ehing, simple past and past participle ehed)

  1. To use the interjection eh

AdjectiveEdit

eh

  1. (informal, predicative only) Of mediocre quality; unremarkable.
    My French fries were eh.

ReferencesEdit

AnagramsEdit


AlbanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Albanian *akˢka, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱ- (sharp).

VerbEdit

eh (first-person singular past tense eha, participle ehur)

  1. I sharpen
  2. I whet
  3. I hone (metal-edged tools)

ConjugationEdit

Derived termsEdit

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FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

eh

  1. signifying indifference or surprise

Derived termsEdit

AnagramsEdit

Further readingEdit


GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German ē (earlier, ere), originally ēr. Modern Standard German uses the lengthened form ehe (only as a conjunction).

PronunciationEdit

ConjunctionEdit

eh

  1. (colloquial) before
    Lass uns gehn, eh wir den Bus verpassen!
    Let's go before we miss the bus!

AdverbEdit

eh

  1. (colloquial) anyway
    Wozu soll ich mich anstrengen? Ich kann's eh nicht.
    Why should I make an effort? I can't do it anyway.
  2. (colloquial, Austria) well, admittedly (for which in Germany only schon is used)
    Ich hab eh drüber nachgedacht, aber es wär nicht gegangen.
    I did well consider it, but it wouldn't have worked out.

Further readingEdit

  • eh” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

HungarianEdit

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

eh

  1. indicates indifference, usually used as a reply alone: meh
  2. indicates an obvious mistake: oh, no

Related termsEdit


IcelandicEdit

PronounEdit

eh

  1. (informal, nonstandard) abbreviation of einhver.

Usage notesEdit

See einhver § Usage notes.


ManxEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Irish é (he, they), from Proto-Indo-European *éy. Cognate with Irish é and Scottish Gaelic e.

PronounEdit

eh (emphatic eshyn)

  1. he, him
    Cha vel breagerey dy ve credjit ga dy vel eh ginsh yn irriney.
    A liar is not to be believed even if he tells the truth.
    Cur meer da’n feeagh as hig eh reesht.
    Give the raven a bit and he’ll come again.
    Cur lhiat magh eh.
    Bring him out.
  2. it
    Skeeal eddyr troor, t’eh ersooyl.
    A story between three, it’s gone.

NauruanEdit

ParticleEdit

eh

  1. yes

NorwegianEdit

InterjectionEdit

eh

  1. uh

SynonymsEdit


Old EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

eh m or n

  1. Alternative form of eoh

PohnpeianEdit

Etymology 1Edit

NounEdit

eh

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter E.

Etymology 2Edit

Alternative formsEdit

DeterminerEdit

eh

  1. his, her, hers, its, third person possessive pronoun
    Liho iang eh pwoud.
    The woman joined her husband.

Etymology 3Edit

NounEdit

eh

  1. liver

Etymology 4Edit

InterjectionEdit

eh

  1. a particle used after names of people when calling them

Etymology 5Edit

InterjectionEdit

eh

  1. an interjection signifying understanding
  2. a response used when answering a call in a feast

PortugueseEdit

VerbEdit

eh

  1. (Internet slang, text messaging) Alternative form of é (is)

InterjectionEdit

eh

  1. (Internet slang, text messaging) Alternative form of é (yeah)

Southern OhloneEdit

NounEdit

eh

  1. gray ground squirrel

SpanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

eh

  1. hey! (used to call, draw attention, warn or reprehend)
    Synonyms: hey, ey
  2. uh, um (space filler in a conversation, expression of hesitation or pause in speech)
    Synonym: este

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Further readingEdit


SumerianEdit

RomanizationEdit

eh

  1. Romanization of 𒄴 (eḫ)

ZouEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ēʔ/
  • Hyphenation: eh

NounEdit

eh

  1. tear

ReferencesEdit

  • Philip Thanglienmang (2014), “Zou Tonology”, in Indian Linguistics, volume 75, issue 1-2, ISSN 0378-0759