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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: , IPA(key): /heɪ/
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  • Homophone: hay
  • Rhymes: -eɪ

Etymology 1Edit

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, wow), 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 formsEdit

InterjectionEdit

hey

  1. An exclamation to get attention.
    Hey, look at this!
    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?
  5. A request for repetition or explanation; an expression of confusion (see also eh, huh).
    Hey? How's that?
  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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TranslationsEdit

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Etymology 2Edit

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

NounEdit

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.

TranslationsEdit

Etymology 3Edit

See he.

NounEdit

hey (plural heys)

  1. Alternative spelling of he (Hebrew letter)

AnagramsEdit


FaroeseEdit

InterjectionEdit

hey

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

IcelandicEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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

NounEdit

hey n (genitive singular heys, nominative plural hey)

  1. (usually uncountable) hay
DeclensionEdit

Etymology 2Edit

InterjectionEdit

hey

  1. hey

Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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

PronounEdit

hey

  1. Alternative form of he

ReferencesEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old English hīe, .

PronounEdit

hey

  1. Alternative form of he

ReferencesEdit


PortugueseEdit

VerbEdit

hey

  1. Obsolete spelling of hei

SomaliEdit

VerbEdit

hey

  1. possess

SpanishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English hey.

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

¡hey!

  1. hey!

SynonymsEdit

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