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[huh-loh] /həˈloʊ/
(used to call or answer someone, or to incite dogs in hunting.)
noun, plural hallos.
the cry “hallo!”.
a shout of exultation.
verb (used without object), halloed, halloing.
to call with a loud voice; shout; cry, as after hunting dogs.
verb (used with object), halloed, halloing.
to incite or chase (something) with shouts and cries of “hallo!”.
to cry “hallo” to (someone).
to shout (something).
Origin of hallo
1560-70; variant of hollo, itself variant of earlier holla < Middle French hola, equivalent to ho ahoy + la there Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hallo
Historical Examples
  • Somebody told Mr. Dewey who was coming, and he was just ready to say, "hallo, Tip!"

  • It so happened that Sandoz, who had turned round, said to Claude: 'hallo!

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • hallo, boy, did you see a rabbit cross the road there just now?

  • hallo,” he exclaimed; only he could not stop a moment to ask if she was hurt.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • She heard Harry Hagberd say, "hallo, dad," then a clanging clatter.

    To-morrow Joseph Conrad
  • hallo, helmsman,” he inquired, “what is your latitude and longitude?

    Hair Breadth Escapes T. S. Arthur
  • hallo, keep back there, you are throwing us all into the river!

  • He sat up, however, and the next minute exclaimed loudly: 'hallo!

  • "hallo, Phil Rockwood," said the captain, crossing the gang-plank to the shore.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
  • hallo,” said he, with the sunny smile of old acquaintanceship, “where have you sprung from?

    The Ghost Girl H. De Vere Stacpoole
British Dictionary definitions for hallo


sentence substitute, noun
a variant spelling of hello
sentence substitute, noun, verb
a variant spelling of halloo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hallo

shout to call attention, 1781, earlier hollo, holla (see hello). Halow as a shipman's cry to incite effort is from mid-15c.; Halloo as a verb, "to pursue with shouts, to shout in the chase," from late 14c. Cf. also harou, cry of distress, late 13c., from French.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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