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Also especially British, hullo.

Origin of hello

First recorded in 1865–70; variant of hallo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for hello


hallo or hullo

/ (hɛˈləʊ, hə-, ˈhɛləʊ) /

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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?

noun plural -los

the act of saying or calling "hello"

Word Origin for hello

C19: see hallo
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