\ˈhā \

Definition of hey 

used especially to call attention or to express interrogation, surprise, or exultation

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Synonyms for hey


glory (or glory be), ha (or hah), hallelujah, hooray (also hurrah), hot dog, huzzah, wahoo [chiefly West], whee, whoopee, yahoo, yippee

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Examples of hey in a Sentence

hey, I won the lottery!

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This gorgeous brasserie in Brickell is as lovely for a power lunch as a lingering multi-course feast of oysters, pasta, and grilled seafood with a bottle or two of rosé (Hey, why not?) Something not accurate? Condé Nast Traveler, "Marion," 25 Aug. 2017 But hey, New Orleans is only a coastal city lying below sea level in a state that loses a football field of land to the encroaching Gulf of Mexico every 100 minutes, so no need for urgency. Michael Stein, New Republic, "Democrats Deserve Better Than Mitch Landrieu," 24 Aug. 2017 But hey, your colon's health is far too important to neglect. Jenn Morson, SELF, "7 Things You've Always Wondered About a Colonoscopy Procedure," 23 Aug. 2017 A man that looked to be at least 15 years older than myself who was walking near me in the same direction took an extra step to catch up to me and put his arm around my shoulder and grabbed my breast, and said 'Hey.' Sarah Klein, Health.com, "3 Women Who Stood Up to a Groper in a Powerful Way," 15 Aug. 2017 And hey, robots may be shopping for us online any day now, so might as well get ahead of the curve. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "All the Food at This Company Will Be $3 or Less," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of hey

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hey

Middle English

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The first known use of hey was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of hey

—used to attract someone's attention or to express surprise, joy, or anger

—used to indicate that something is not important, that you are not upset about something, etc.

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Kids Definition of hey

used to call attention or to express surprise or joy

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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