Definition of hey exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//heɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//heɪ//
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  1. 1used to attract somebody’s attention or to express interest, surprise or anger Hey, can I just ask you something? Hey, leave my things alone!
  2. 2used to show that you do not really care about something or that you think it is not important That's the third time I've been late this week—but hey!—who's counting?
  3. 3(South African English) used at the end of a statement, to show that you have finished speaking, or to form a question or invite somebody to reply Thanks for your help, hey. My new bike's nice, hey? More Like This Exclamations aargh, ah, aha, ahchoo, ahem, aw, bah, boo, coo, d’oh, eek, eh, er, eww, gee, ha, hey, ho ho, ho-hum, hooray, huh, mm, oh, oho, oi, ooh, oops, ouch, ow, oy, pah, phew, psst, sh, tsk tsk, tut, ugh, uh, uh-uh, uh-oh, um, whoopee, whoops, woo hoo, wow, yay, yippee, yuck, yumSee worksheet.
  4. Word Originnatural exclamation: first recorded in Middle English.Idioms (North American English, informal) used to say that something does not matter or that you do not care about it This is probably a bad idea, but what the hey!
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