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

Examples from the Web for he-he

Historical Examples of he-he

  • 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