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[ey, e] /eɪ, ɛ/
(an interrogative utterance, usually expressing surprise or doubt or seeking confirmation). Unabridged
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  • Why did you pretend to me that you and your wife were alone in the room—when you had that there with you, eh?

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • And you think Mortimer has turned out something like that; eh, Mike?

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • We'll have a champagne supper, with cider for champagne, eh, dad?

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • It is the fashion nowadays to postpone budgets as long as we can,—eh?

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Now suppose a man can get a fortune in a wife instead of with her—eh?'

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?


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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.
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