Origin of hey
Examples from the Web for hey
Everywhere I go, ‘Hey Cartman, you must like Family Guy, right?’
Hey, whatever keeps those lecherous freaks from sexually assaulting humans is fine by us.Zebra Finches, Dolphins, Elephants, and More Animals Under the Influence|Bill Schulz|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then, last year, she received a call from Anderson: “Hey, do you remember when we met over ten years ago?”Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom|Marlow Stern|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But hey, maybe anti-regime posters wrote those, this being one place where it is open to being cyber-slimed.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel|Michael Daly|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the one hand, these results say: Hey, there is real support for Democrats in the South.
Connie called up to him and said, "Hey, Mister, have a heart and don't start anything."Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
I guess he was going to mail the letter to his mother in New Milford, hey?Roy Blakeley in the Haunted Camp|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Look at that old oak; be a pretty rich tree-toad that owns that chunk of real estate, hey?Roy Blakeley's Silver Fox Patrol|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
By the way, I've just found out why you was so anxious to get into this house, hey?Wayside Courtships|Hamlin Garland
Hey, Michael, me boy, bring up yer owld rattlethrap an' take the leddy's thrunk.
British Dictionary definitions for hey
Word Origin for hey
Word Origin and History for hey
c.1200, variously, in Middle English, hei, hai, ai, he, heh, expressing challenge, rebuttal, anger, derision, sorrow, or concern; also a shout of encouragement to hunting dogs. Possibly a natural expression (cf. Roman eho, Greek eia, German hei).
Þa onswerede þe an swiðe prudeliche, `Hei! hwuch wis read of se icudd keiser!' ["St. Katherine of Alexandria," c.1200]
In Latin, hei was a cry of grief or fear; but heia, eia was an interjection denoting joy.