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 Old English 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), Icelandic hei (hey), Romanian hei (hei), 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 Chinese (āi), and various sound-alikes as Greek εἴα (eía) and Latin eia, Latin eho, Sanskrit हे (he). See also hello.

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Interjection[edit]

hey

  1. An exclamation to get attention.
    Hey, look at this!
  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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Noun[edit]

hey (plural heys)

  1. (country dancing) A choreographic figure in which the dancers weave between one another.

Translations[edit]

Etymology 2[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!

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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

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

hey

  1. Obsolete spelling of hei

Somali[edit]

Verb[edit]

hey

  1. possess