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hi1

[hahy] /haɪ/
interjection
1.
(used as an exclamation of greeting); hello!
Origin of hi1
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English hy, perhaps variant of hei hey
Can be confused
hi, hie, high.

hi2

[hahy] /haɪ/
adjective
1.
an informal, simplified spelling of high:
hi fidelity.

HI

1.
Hawaii (approved especially for use with zip code).

H.I.

1.
Hawaiian Islands.
2.
Meteorology. heat index.
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Examples from the Web for hi
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  • As he approached the recumbent figure he yelled a panted "hi, there!"

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "hi, you—what's your name—Jennie Lind—come in here," he hailed.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It was clearly my duty to call his attention to it; so I said, "hi!"

  • "hi, Stella," said Mabel, up on one elbow and looking fuzzily at me.

    Sorry: Wrong Dimension Ross Rocklynne
  • Truth is, sir, hi wanted to ask Miss Wallace what she would like for dinner.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for hi

hi1

/haɪ/
sentence substitute
1.
an informal word for hello
Word Origin
C20: originally US, from hiya

hi2

/haɪ/
interjection
1.
an expression used to attract attention
Word Origin
C15 hy; compare hey

HI

abbreviation
1.
Hawaii (state)
2.
Hawaiian Islands
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Word Origin and History for hi

greeting, 1862, American English (first recorded reference is to speech of a Kansas Indian), originally to attract attention (15c.), probably a variant of Middle English hy, hey (late 15c.) also an exclamation to call attention. Extended form hiya attested from 1940.

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

hi

interjection

A salutation upon meeting: The staccato cry of ''Hi!,'' which we judged to be the almost universal greeting

[first form 1862+, second 1940+; probably based on hi, ''hey,'' exclamation used to call attention, found by 1475]

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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