- (used to express a greeting, answer a telephone, or attract attention.)
- (an exclamation of surprise, wonder, elation, etc.)
- (used derisively to question the comprehension, intelligence, or common sense of the person being addressed): You're gonna go out with him? Hello!
- the call “hello” (used as an expression of greeting): She gave me a warm hello.
- to say “hello”; to cry or shout: I helloed, but no one answered.
- to say “hello” to (someone): We helloed each other as though nothing had happened.
Origin of hello
Examples from the Web for hello
He gets up and goes over to their table and introduces himself, and he says, ‘Hello, I’m Oliver Reed.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Forty Years Young: Hello Kitty and the Power of Cute By Julia Rubin, Racked Hello Kitty is everywhere.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Nov 17-23, 2014
November 23, 2014
Hello Ladies is, of course, about your British character navigating the L.A. dating scene.
And where did the idea of the Hello Ladies movie come about?
There was one incident that did happen that was dramatized in the Hello Ladies movie.
Red he sees my pard passing a saloon, and he says, 'Hello, where did you come from?A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
And then, catching sight of Kirkwood's countenance: "Why, hello, Kirkwood!"The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
"Hello yourself and see how you like it," the mascot of the Ravens called down.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
"Hello, old man," he cried, shaking Trenton warmly by the hand.One Day's Courtship
Why couldn't he ask me how I felt or pull my ear and say "Hello, Puss?"The Harbor
hallo or hullo
- an expression of greeting used on meeting a person or at the start of a telephone call
- a call used to attract attention
- an expression of surprise
- an expression used to indicate that the speaker thinks his or her listener is naive or slow to realize somethingHello? Have you been on Mars for the past two weeks or something?
- the act of saying or calling "hello"
Word Origin and History for hello
1883, alteration of hallo, itself an alteration of holla, hollo, a shout to attract attention, which seems to go back to at least c.1400. Perhaps from holla! "stop, cease." OED cites Old High German hala, hola, emphatic imperative of halon, holon "to fetch," "used especially in hailing a ferryman." Fowler lists halloo, hallo, halloa, halloo, hello, hillo, hilloa, holla, holler, hollo, holloa, hollow, hullo, and writes, "The multiplicity of forms is bewildering ...." Popularity as a greeting coincides with use of the telephone, where it won out over Alexander Graham Bell's suggestion, ahoy. Central telephone exchange operators were known as hello-girls (1889).
Hello, formerly an Americanism, is now nearly as common as hullo in Britain (Say who you are; do not just say 'hello' is the warning given in our telephone directories) and the Englishman cannot be expected to give up the right to say hello if he likes it better than his native hullo. [H.W. Fowler, "A Dictionary of Modern English Usage," 1926]