Hey meaning

Used to express greeting.
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Used to attract attention or to express surprise, appreciation, wonder, or pleasure.
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Used to attract attention, to express surprise, delight, puzzlement, etc., or to preface a remark.
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A meaningless beat marker or extra, filler syllable in musical lyrics.

The chorus is "nana na na, nana na na hey hey hey, good bye"

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Hey is defined as an expression of greeting similar to "hello," or is a way to attract attention or express annoyance.

When you meet someone and want to greet him, this is an example of a time when you might say "hey."

When someone rudely bumps into you, this is an example of a time when you might say "hey!" to express your upset.

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Hey! This is new!

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Hey! Stop that!

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An informal greeting, similar to hi (used in the US, Australia and Canada).

Hey! How's it going?

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(country dancing) A choreographic figure in which the dancers weave between one another.
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Hello.
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A request for repetition or explanation; an expression of confusion (see also eh, huh).

Hey? How's that?

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Hey, look at this!

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Origin of hey

  • Middle English hei

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 he, hei (“hi, hey”), German hei (“hey, wow”), Danish and Swedish hej (“hello, hey”), Faroese hey (“hey, hello”), Icelandic hei (“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 (hei), Finnish hei, Unami , and Mandarin Chinese (āi), and various sound-alikes as Roman eho, Greek εἴα (eia), Latin eia, Sanskrit हे (he). See also hello.

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