eh

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See also: -eh, .eh, eH, EH, éh, èh, ён, өн, and

English[edit]

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Interjection[edit]

eh

  1. (informal, UK, Australia) 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?
  2. In isolation, a request for repetition or clarification of what has just been said. Compare what, pardon.
  3. (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 notes[edit]

In North America this term is stereotypically associated with Canada and some uses of it outside of Canada can convey that you are trying to sound (sarcastically) Canadian. However, it is in wide use in many other parts of the world, including the northern United States, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, and South Africa.

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Adjective[edit]

eh

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

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Albanian *akˢka, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱ- ‘sharp’.

Verb[edit]

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

  1. to sharpen, whet, hone metal edge tools

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French[edit]

Interjection[edit]

eh

  1. signifying indifference or surprise

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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Conjunction[edit]

eh

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

Adverb[edit]

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.

Hungarian[edit]

Interjection[edit]

eh

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

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Manx[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish é (he, they), from Proto-Indo-European *éy.

Pronoun[edit]

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

Norwegian[edit]

Interjection[edit]

eh

  1. uh

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Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

eh

  1. (Internet, nonstandard) Alternative spelling of é.

Spanish[edit]

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Interjection[edit]

eh

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

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  • (space filler in a conversation): este

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