Archaic used variously to express mild surprise, boredom, disappointment, fatigue, etc., or used as a greeting
Used to express fatigue, mild surprise, boredom, disappointment, or sometimes exultation.
(third-person singular simple present heigh-hos, present participle heigh-hoing, simple past and past participle heigh-hoed)
- To chant "heigh-ho", a cadence-count used for synchronized walking, marching, pulling, lifting, etc.
- 1927 Porterfield, William M. Bamboo and its uses in China, Chinese Government Bureau of Economic Information, Booklet Series 2, p40. Cited in David Farrelly, The Book of Bamboo, p25; Sierra Club Books, 1984.
- 1937 Walt Disney, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, animated feature-length motion picture; a chant sung by the seven dwarfs:
- Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it's off to work we go...