hullo

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /hʌˈləʊ/, /həˈləʊ/

Interjection[edit]

hullo

  1. (UK) Alternative form of hello (Greeting.)
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter II, XV, and XIX:
      “Mr Wooster?” “Oh, hullo, Lady Wickham.”
      [...] “Hullo, Bobbie,” I said. “Hullo, Bertie,” she said. “Hullo, Upjohn,” I said. The correct response to this would have been “Hullo, Wooster”, but he blew up in his lines and merely made a noise like a wolf with its big toe caught in a trap.
      [...] But as I approached the [telephone] and unhooked the thing you unhook, I was far from being at my most nonchalant, and when I heard Upjohn are-you-there-ing at the other end my manly spirit definitely blew a fuse. For I could tell by his voice that he was in the testiest of moods. Not even when conferring with me at Malvern House, Bramley-on-Sea, on the occasion when I put sherbet in the ink, had I sensed in him a more marked stirred-up-ness. “Hullo? Hullo? Hullo? Are you there? Will you kindly answer me? This is Mr Upjohn speaking.”
  2. (UK, dated) Alternative form of hello (expressing puzzlement or discovery)
    • 1939, Country Life (volume 85, page 290)
      "Hullo, there's a monkey's wedding," said my wife's niece, a girl of about twenty, born in South Africa [] She was looking out on the lawn, and it was one of those lovely April mornings with sunshine and rain alternating []