hi

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See also: HI, , and ні

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

American English (first recorded reference is to speech of a Kansas Indian), originally to attract attention, probably a variant of Middle English hy, hey (circa 1475) also an exclamation to call attention.

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

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hi

  1. A friendly, informal, casual greeting said when meeting someone.
    Hi, how are you?
    I just dropped by to say “hi”.
  2. An exclamation to call attention.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 7, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      I made a speaking trumpet of my hands and commenced to whoop “Ahoy!” and “Hello!” at the top of my lungs. […] The Colonel woke up, and, after asking what in brimstone was the matter, opened his mouth and roared “Hi!” and “Hello!” like the bull of Bashan.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (friendly informal greeting): hello

Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

hi

  1. Informal spelling of high, often hyphenated.
    Get hi-quality videos here!
    Next, set the burner to hi.

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Noun[edit]

hi (no attested plural)

  1. "Hi" or similar greeting.

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Tosk form of Gheg (pl. hin), from Proto-Albanian *skina, from *skines, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱenHis (compare Latin cinis ‘dust; cinder’, Ancient Greek κόνις (kónis) ‘ashes; dust’).

Noun[edit]

hi m (-ri)

  1. ashes

Basque[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hi

  1. you (singular, familiar)

Breton[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hi

  1. she

Catalan[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • hey (dialectal)

Etymology[edit]

From Old Catalan y, i, hic, from Latin hīc (here) and ibī (there).

Pronoun[edit]

hi (enclitic and proclitic)

  1. represents a place associated with the action described by the verb, unless the place would be introduced by the preposition de
  2. there (in constructions such as "there is", "there are", etc.: see haver-hi)
  3. replaces an adverb (or adverbial phrase) describing the manner, instrument or association of an action
  4. replaces a phrase introduced by any preposition except de (most commonly a or en)
  5. replaces an indefinite noun or an adjective which is the predicate of a verb other than ésser, esdevenir, estar or semblar
  6. (Central Catalan) in combination with other object pronouns, the third-person singular indirect object pronoun ("to him", "to her", "to it")

Usage notes[edit]

  • When more than one object pronoun is associated with a given verb, hi is alway the last in the group.
  • Hi and ho cannot be used together with the same verb, nor can two his be used together.
  • It is sometimes stated that hi is never used to replace a compliment beginning with de. This is not completely accurate, as hi can replace adverbial phrases such as de pressa, de sobte, etc.

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Cornish[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hi

  1. she (third-person feminine singular personal pronoun).

Danish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Norwegian hi, from Old Norse hið.

Noun[edit]

hi n (singular definite hiet, plural indefinite hier)

  1. hibernation
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Etymology 2[edit]

Onomatopoeia for laughter or giggling.

Interjection[edit]

hi

  1. ha (representation of laughter)

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

hi

  1. rōmaji reading of
  2. rōmaji reading of

Latin[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

  1. nominative masculine plural of hic

Maltese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic هي (hiya)

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hi

  1. she

Inflection[edit]


Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch hīe, from Proto-Germanic *hiz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hi m

  1. he

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North Frisian[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hi

  1. he

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse híð and híði.

Noun[edit]

hi n (definite singular hiet, indefinite plural hi, definite plural hia)

  1. lair (of an animal)
    Bjørnen har gått i hi for vinteren.
    The bears have entered their lairs for the winter.

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hi

  1. feminine form of hin

Etymology 3[edit]

Interjection[edit]

hi

  1. hee; expression of snickering

References[edit]


Old Frisian[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hi

  1. he

Old Irish[edit]

Preposition[edit]

hi

  1. Alternative form of i.
    • c. 800, Würzburg Glosses on the Pauline Epistles, Wb. 7d10
      Corrop inonn cretem bes hi far cridiu ⁊ a n-as·beraid hó bélib.
      So that the belief which is in your heart and what ye utter with your lips may be the same.

Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *íh₂.

Pronoun[edit]

hi

  1. she, her