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[ey, e] /eɪ, ɛ/
(an interrogative utterance, usually expressing surprise or doubt or seeking confirmation). Unabridged
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  • And the tune just now is not one which is pleasing to us—eh?

    Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo William Le Queux
  • You think the Boundary Gang collapses, fades away, just dies off, eh?

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • And the big tree, pushing its roots down into the vein, has brought away a piece of it, eh?

  • Otherwise Marston and you and a few others might go to Atlanta, eh?

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • And always getting a fresh supply of powder and shot from Noo York by mail, eh, neighbours?

    The Peril Finders George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for eh


an exclamation used to express questioning surprise or to seek the repetition or confirmation of a statement or question: Eh? What did you say?


Western Sahara
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for eh

1560s as an exclamation of sorrow; with questions, from 1773.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for eh



  1. An expression indicating that one is listening to what another is saying
  2. An indication of slight surprise; hey!
  3. An indication that one is puzzled about something said (Canadian)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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eh in Technology

/A/. Software Portability Group, U Waterloo. A typeless language derived from (and similar to) B. Provides guaranteed order of evaluation for side effects in expressions. Also character indexing operators.
See also Zed.
["Eh Reference Manual", R.S.C. Braga, RR CS-76-45, U Waterloo, Nov 1976].

The country code for Western Sahara.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Engrossed in House
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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