noun, plural hel·los.
verb (used without object), hel·loed, hel·lo·ing.
verb (used with object), hel·loed, hel·lo·ing.
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|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Forty Years Young: Hello Kitty and the Power of Cute By Julia Rubin, Racked Hello Kitty is everywhere.
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.
At Linda's step in the doorway she turned a smiling face upon her and cried: "Hello, little sister, come in and tell me the news."Her Father's Daughter|Gene Stratton-Porter
Finally he decided he must have gone about a hundred feet, instead of fifty and halting he shouted, "Hello!"The Iron Boys in the Steel Mills|James R. Mears
Hello—there goes the quarter—the lights 'll go out in fifteen minutes.The Red Debt|Everett MacDonald
After we deposit our money suppose we drop down to Jackson Street wharf an' say hello to Scraggs.Captain Scraggs|Peter B. Kyne
Soon another boy came in and I heard him say, "Hello, Ralph, did you hear about the 'tectives?"Looking Back|Merrick Abner Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for hello
hallo or hullo
noun plural -los
Word Origin for 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]