hey

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Etymology 1[edit]

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 forms[edit]

Interjection[edit]

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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Translations[edit]

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Etymology 2[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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.

Translations[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

See he.

Noun[edit]

hey (plural heys)

  1. Alternative spelling of he (Hebrew letter)

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Faroese[edit]

Interjection[edit]

hey

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

Icelandic[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

hey n (genitive singular heys, nominative plural hey)

  1. (usually uncountable) hay
Declension[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Interjection[edit]

hey

  1. hey

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Pronoun[edit]

hey

  1. Alternative form of he

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English hīe, .

Pronoun[edit]

hey

  1. Alternative form of he

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Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

hey

  1. Obsolete spelling of hei

Somali[edit]

Verb[edit]

hey

  1. possess

Spanish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English hey.

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

¡hey!

  1. hey!

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