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    • [hey]
    • /heɪ/
    • /heɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
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    • [hey]
    • /heɪ/

Definitions of hey word

  • noun hey Used to attract attention, to express surprise, interest, or annoyance, or to elicit agreement. 1
  • interjection hey look over here! 1
  • abbreviation HEY hi! 1
  • convention hey In informal situations, you say or shout 'hey' to attract someone's attention, or to show surprise, interest, or annoyance. 0
  • exclamation hey an expression indicating surprise, dismay, discovery, etc, or calling for another's attention 0
  • exclamation hey an exclamation used for emphasis at the end of a statement, or alone to seek repetition or confirmation of another person's statement 0

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Origin of hey

First appearance:

before 1150
One of the 7% oldest English words
1150-1200; Middle English hei

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Hey


hey popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

hey usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for hey

noun hey

  • wow — to gain an enthusiastic response from; thrill.
  • amen — Amen is said by Christians at the end of a prayer.
  • hello — hello, world
  • alas — You use alas to say that you think that the facts you are talking about are sad or unfortunate.
  • boo — If you boo a speaker or performer, you shout 'boo' or make other loud sounds to indicate that you do not like them, their opinions, or their performance.

interj hey

  • welcome — a kindly greeting or reception, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure: to give someone a warm welcome.
  • howdy — howdie.
  • hi — Hello!
  • bonjour — hello
  • buenas noches — good night

interjection hey

  • greetings — A polite word or sign of welcome or recognition.

Antonyms for hey

interj hey

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