(used as an exclamation to call attention or to express pleasure, surprise, bewilderment, etc.)
Informal. hello: used as a greeting.
an expression indicating surprise, dismay, discovery, etc, or calling for another’s attention
(South African) an exclamation used for emphasis at the end of a statement, or alone to seek repetition or confirmation of another person’s statement
hey presto, an exclamation used by conjurors to herald the climax of a trick
c.1200, variously, in Middle English, hei, hai, ai, he, heh, expressing challenge, rebuttal, anger, derision, sorrow, or concern; also a shout of encouragement to hunting dogs. Possibly a natural expression (cf. Roman eho, Greek eia, German hei).
Þa onswerede þe an swiðe prudeliche, `Hei! hwuch wis read of se icudd keiser!’ [“St. Katherine of Alexandria,” c.1200]
In Latin, hei was a cry of grief or fear; but heia, eia was an interjection denoting joy.
An exclamation used to underscore mildly what is said: Pennzoil has been arguing that, hey, they are reasonable people/ I tried explaining that, hey, basically a goose is just a big duck/ Hey, I’m only human
[1980s+; the use is attenuated from the ancient call for attention found by 1225]
[hey-dey] /ˈheɪˌdeɪ/ noun 1. the stage or period of greatest vigor, strength, success, etc.; prime: the heyday of the vaudeville stars. 2. Archaic. high spirits. [hey-dey] /ˈheɪ deɪ/ interjection, Archaic. 1. (used as an exclamation of cheerfulness, surprise, wonder, etc.) /ˈheɪˌdeɪ/ noun 1. the time of most power, popularity, vigour, etc; prime n. late 16c., […]
[hey-dey] /ˈheɪˌdeɪ/ noun 1. the stage or period of greatest vigor, strength, success, etc.; prime: the heyday of the vaudeville stars. 2. Archaic. high spirits. /ˈheɪˌdeɪ/ noun 1. the time of most power, popularity, vigour, etc; prime n. late 16c., alteration of heyda (1520s), exclamation of playfulness or surprise, something like Modern English hurrah, apparently […]
- Hey diddle diddle
A nursery rhyme: Hey diddle diddle The cat and the fiddle, The cow jumped over the moon; The little dog laughed To see such sport, And the dish ran away with the spoon.
[hahy-doo k] /ˈhaɪ dʊk/ noun 1. . [hahy-doo k] /ˈhaɪ dʊk/ noun 1. one of a class of mercenary soldiers in 16th-century Hungary. 2. an outlaw who engaged in brigandage and irregular warfare against the Turks in the Slavic regions of the Ottoman Empire. 3. a male servant or attendant dressed in semimilitary Hungarian costume. […]