the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
any of the sounds represented by this letter.
an exclamation of surprise or inquiry
an indication of sly amusement, used esp in electronic communication
/hiː; unstressed iː/
refers to a male person or animal: he looks interesting, he’s a fine stallion
refers to an indefinite antecedent such as one, whoever, or anybody: everybody can do as he likes in this country
refers to a person or animal of unknown or unspecified sex: a member of the party may vote as he sees fit
/heɪ; Hebrew he/
the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet (ה), transliterated as h
an expression of amusement or derision Also he-he!, hee-hee!
His (or Her) Excellency
a half laugh offered as a non-negative response or to express surprise
mid-15c., originally an exclamation of emotions such as sorrow or surprise. As the sound of a light laugh, by 1808.
Old English he (see paradigm of Old English third person pronoun below), from Proto-Germanic *hi- (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch he, hi, Dutch hy, Old High German he), from PIE *ki-, variant of *ko-, the “this, here” (as opposed to “that, there”) root (cf. Hittite ki “this,” Greek ekeinos “that person,” Old Church Slavonic si, Lithuanian šis “this”), and thus the source of the third person pronouns in Old English. The feminine, hio, was replaced in early Middle English by forms from other stems (see she), while the h- wore off Old English neuter hit to make modern it. The Proto-Germanic root also is the source of the first element in German heute “today,” literally “the day” (cf. Old English heodæg).
case SINGULAR – – PLURAL
– masc. neut. fem. (all genders)
nom. he hit heo, hio hie, hi
acc. hine hit hie, hi hie, hi
gen. his his hire hira, heora
dat. him him hire him, heom
Pleonastic use with the noun (“Mistah Kurtz, he dead”) is attested from late Old English. With animal words, meaning “male” (he-goat, etc.) from c.1300.
The symbol for the element helium.
The symbol for helium.
A half laugh offered as a nonnegative response or to express surprise: He said he’d call, heh
Her (or His) Excellency
His (or Her) Eminence
noun 1. any of various rounded, usually spiny cacti of the genus Echinocereus, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, having bell-shaped flowers that close at night.
[hey] /heɪ/ noun 1. 2 . [hey] /heɪ/ noun 1. the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. 2. any of the sounds represented by this letter. /hiː; unstressed iː/ pronoun (subjective) 1. refers to a male person or animal: he looks interesting, he’s a fine stallion 2. refers to an indefinite antecedent such as one, […]
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