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imitative of laughter, Old English.

Ha ha and he he getacniað hlehter on leden and on englisc. [Ælfric, "Grammar," c.1000]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • I shouldn't have been a Napoleon, but I might have been a major, he-he!

    Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • She turned into Regent Street and another 'he-he' floated back.

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
  • If they cast themselves upon the beds, they are mine, he-he!

    Mighty Mikko Parker Fillmore
  • By granny, I'm going to plug m' ears good with cotton when it comes off—he-he!

    Lonesome Land B. M. Bower
  • He says to me: 'That guard'll stop any fire I ever saw,' and I got right back at him—he-he!

    Lonesome Land B. M. Bower
  • But never mind, he'll make his mark someday—finger mark, you know, he-he!

    The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • I fancy I really am: I tell you these things for nothing and don't even expect a reward for it, he-he!

    Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • It's not merely that he has nowhere to run to, he is psychologically unable to escape me, he-he!

    Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Then he-he push her head back-like, so's 'ee c-could get at her mouth, and then Dic he-he ups and knocks him d-down.

  • I met him up here a little ways just now, and he was so sober he remembered to pay me that ten I lent him t' other day—he-he!

    Lonesome Land B. M. Bower

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