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.


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British Dictionary definitions for hallo


sentence substitute, noun

a variant spelling of hello

sentence substitute, noun, verb

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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