Definition of hey in English:

hey

Syllabification: hey

exclamation

  • 1Used to attract attention, to express surprise, interest, or annoyance, or to elicit agreement: hey, what’s going on here? hey, don’t I know it!
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    • It's at this time of the year that I like to say to myself, hey! let's forget about the mistakes of the past year - and instead look forward with excitement to the year ahead.
    • I read about all the interest and I think, hey fantastic, but nobody calls me.
    • And if two people love each other and really believe they can be partners for life hey, good luck to 'em.
  • 1.1US Used as a friendly greeting: I just called to say hey
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    • ‘Gianni, this is my friend Danny, Danny this is Gianni.’ ‘Hey,’ Gianni said and sat back down next to Emily.
    • Hey, you guys, sorry I'm late.
    • Bill popped his head in. ‘Hey Nicole, hey Jake.’

Phrases

what the hey

North American informal Used as a euphemism for “what the hell.”.
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  • It's more fun to be excited about two movies than one, so I figured, what the hey, I liked the first one; I'll see the second.
  • It occurs to me that I could end up regretting this, but what the hey, Saturnalia only comes once a year.
  • Then he changes his mind and decides that the research results actually don't apply here, but what the hey - it's pretty interesting research anyway, so why waste all that good blogging?

Origin

natural exclamation: first recorded in Middle English.

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