hey

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interjection \ˈhā\

Definition of hey

  1. —used especially to call attention or to express interrogation, surprise, or exultation

Examples of hey in a Sentence

  1. hey, I won the lottery!

Origin and Etymology of hey

Middle English



HEY Defined for English Language Learners

hey

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interjection

Definition of hey for English Language Learners

  • —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.


HEY Defined for Kids

hey

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interjection \ˈhā\

Definition of hey for Students

  1. —used to call attention or to express surprise or joy



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