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Webster 1913 Edition


Hey

Hey

,
Adj.
[See
High
.]
High.
[Obs.]
Chaucer.

Hey

,
int
erj.
[OE.
hei
; cf. D. & G.
hei
.]
1.
An exclamation of joy, surprise, or encouragement.
Shak.
2.
A cry to set dogs on.
Shak.

Webster 1828 Edition


Hey

HEY.

An exclamation of joy or mutual exhortation, the contrary to the L.hei.

Definition 2022


hey

hey

English

Alternative forms

Interjection

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, Britain, 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

hey (plural heys)

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

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Etymology 2

See he.

Noun

hey (plural heys)

  1. Alternative spelling of he (Hebrew letter)

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Faroese

Interjection

hey

  1. hi, hey, hello
    hey aftur! - hello again!

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Icelandic

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /heiː/
  • Rhymes: -eiː

Etymology 1

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

Noun

hey n (genitive singular heys, nominative plural hey)

  1. (usually uncountable) hay
Declension

Etymology 2

Interjection

hey

  1. hey

Portuguese

Verb

hey

  1. Obsolete spelling of hei

Somali

Verb

hey

  1. possess