\ ˈhī(-ē) How to pronounce hi (audio) \

Definition of hi

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used especially as a greeting just called to say hi

Definition of HI (Entry 2 of 2)

1 Hawaii
2 high intensity
3 humidity index

Examples of hi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Interjection Bobby Flay was also having dinner with some friends and dropped by Giada's table to say hi. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 23 July 2022 That intersection calls for both high-shine and raver looks, as well as comfort-minded oversized silhouettes and athleisure finding its way into evening (hi, catsuits). Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 July 2022 Who knows, Blake might stop by to say hi come September when The Voice returns! Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 27 June 2022 Genesis then walked out with his mask on, sat next to the piano and said hi to the crowd. Tristan Balagtas, PEOPLE.com, 28 Dec. 2021 That means, for example, that when Jennifer Coolidge said hi to a second season of The White Lotus, the show became ineligible to compete in the Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series category. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, 21 Dec. 2021 Selena Gomez says hi to Sam and Britney at the party. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 10 June 2022 Say hi to this super high-quality, portable speaker. Abby Dupes, Seventeen, 2 June 2022 During an early commercial break, Andrew Garfield went over to say hi to Billie Eilish and Finneas (who later took home the Oscar for Best Original Song). Mia Mcniece, PEOPLE.com, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hi


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hi


Middle English hy

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“Hi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hi. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for hi


\ ˈhī How to pronounce hi (audio) \

Kids Definition of hi

used especially as a greeting



Kids Definition of HI




Medical Definition of HI

hemagglutination inhibition

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