See also: Hey



Etymology 1

From Middle English hey, hei, also without h- in ey, from Old English *hē, ēa (interjection), attested as first element in hēlā, ēalā (O!, alas!, oh!, lo!). Cognate with Dutch , hei (hi, hey), German hei (hey, wow), Danish and Swedish hej (hello, hey), Faroese hey (hey, hello), Old Norse, Icelandic and Norwegian hei (hey), Romanian hei, Russian эй (ej, 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 (he:), Finnish hei, Unami , and Mandarin (āi), and various sound-alikes as Ancient Greek εἴα (eía) and Latin eia, eho, Sanskrit हे (he). See also hello.

Alternative forms



  1. An exclamation to get attention.
    Hey, look at this!
    Hey! Listen!
  2. A protest or reprimand.
    Hey! Stop that!
  3. An expression of surprise.
    Hey! This is new!
  4. (US, Australia, Canada) An informal greeting, similar to hi.
    Hey! How's it going?
  5. A request for repetition or explanation; an expression of confusion (see also eh, huh).
  6. A meaningless beat marker or extra, filler syllable in song lyrics.
    The chorus is nana na na, nana na na hey hey hey, goodbye".

Related terms


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Etymology 2

From French haie (hedge), with reference to the weaving patterns used in hedgelaying.


hey (plural heys)

  1. (country dancing) A choreographic figure in which three or more dancers weave between one another, passing by left and right shoulder alternately.


Etymology 3

See he.


hey (plural heys)

  1. Alternative spelling of he (Hebrew letter)


Other Languages
asturianu: hey
dansk: hey
Deutsch: hey
eesti: hey
español: hey
français: hey
한국어: hey
Ido: hey
íslenska: hey
italiano: hey
kurdî: hey
lietuvių: hey
magyar: hey
Malagasy: hey
မြန်မာဘာသာ: hey
Nederlands: hey
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: hey
polski: hey
русский: hey
Simple English: hey
suomi: hey
svenska: hey
தமிழ்: hey
ᏣᎳᎩ: hey
Türkçe: hey
اردو: hey
Tiếng Việt: hey
中文: hey