noun, plural hal·los.
  1. the cry “hallo!”
  2. a shout of exultation.
verb (used without object), hal·loed, hal·lo·ing.
  1. to call with a loud voice; shout; cry, as after hunting dogs.
verb (used with object), hal·loed, hal·lo·ing.
  1. to incite or chase (something) with shouts and cries of “hallo!”
  2. to cry “hallo” to (someone).
  3. 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
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Examples from the Web for hallo

Historical Examples of hallo

  • 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!

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    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.


    Joseph Conrad

  • She heard Harry Hagberd say, "Hallo, dad," then a clanging clatter.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for hallo


sentence substitute, noun
  1. a variant spelling of hello
sentence substitute, noun, verb
  1. a variant spelling of halloo
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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.

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