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hey

[ hey ]
/ heɪ /
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interjection
(used as an exclamation to call attention or to express pleasure, surprise, bewilderment, etc.)
Informal. hello: used as a greeting.
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Origin of hey

1150–1200; Middle English hei
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British Dictionary definitions for hey

hey
/ (heɪ) /

interjection
an expression indicating surprise, dismay, discovery, etc, or calling for another's attention
Southern African an exclamation used for emphasis at the end of a statement, or alone to seek repetition or confirmation of another person's statement
hey presto an exclamation used by conjurors to herald the climax of a trick

Word Origin for hey

C13: compare Old French hay, German hei, Swedish hej
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