Definition of hee-haw in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhē ˌhô/


1The loud, harsh cry of a donkey or mule.
Example sentences
  • She began laughing in an obnoxious way, sounding like a mix between a donkey hee-haw and a pig snort.
  • One particular group of males perched behind us had particularly irritating mating calls, responding to the incessant female cries with various forms of donkey-like hee-haws.
  • She imitates his nasal hee-haw very loudly and we look on, aghast.
1.1 [as modifier] US informal Relating to or denoting unsophisticated rural humor and attitudes: hee-haw manners
More example sentences
  • If you aren't prepared for a big dose of early-60's style hee-haw music, don't buy this album.
  • This seemed to strike a funny cord in Jake, because he began laughing in an almost hee-haw kind of cackling.
  • This hee-haw fellow resonated with youngsters.


[no object]
Make the loud, harsh cry of a donkey or mule.
Example sentences
  • My memories of him will be as the little chatterbox, cracking the one liners, hee-hawing uncontrollably.
  • The gang laughed and hee-hawed, stomped and danced and chanted a good-night prayer.


Early 19th century: imitative.

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Syllabification: hee-haw

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