hey

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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), Polish hej (hey, hello), 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 εἶα (eîa) and Latin eia, eho, Sanskrit हे (he). See also hello.

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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. An informal greeting, similar to hi.
    Hey! How's it going?
  5. A request for repetition or explanation; an expression of confusion.
  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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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]

Etymology[edit]

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Pronunciation[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 hīġ, hīeġ, from Proto-West Germanic *hawi, from Proto-Germanic *hawją (hay).

Noun[edit]

hey (uncountable)

  1. hay
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Descendants[edit]
  • English: hay
  • Scots: hey
  • Yola: hye, hey

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English *hē, ēa. See English hey for more.

Interjection[edit]

hey

  1. hey
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Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

hey

  1. Alternative form of heye (hedge)

Etymology 4[edit]

Noun[edit]

hey (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of hye (haste)

Etymology 5[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hey

  1. Alternative form of he (he)

Etymology 6[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hey

  1. Alternative form of he (they)

Etymology 7[edit]

Verb[edit]

hey (third-person singular simple present heyeth, present participle heyende, heyynge, first-/third-person singular past indicative and past participle heyed)

  1. Alternative form of heien (to lift up)

Etymology 8[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hey (comparative heyer, superlative heyest)

  1. Alternative form of heigh (high)

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]

  • (Imitating English) IPA(key): /ˈxei/, [ˈxei̯]

Interjection[edit]

¡hey!

  1. hey!
    Synonyms: eh, oye

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Yola[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

hey

  1. Alternative form of hea (he)

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

hey

  1. Alternative form of hye (hay)

References[edit]

  • Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 45 & 46