- (used as an exclamation of greeting); hello!
Origin of hi1
- an informal, simplified spelling of high: hi fidelity.
- Hawaii (approved especially for use with zip code).
- Hawaiian Islands.
- Meteorology. heat index.
Examples from the Web for hi
People we pass on the street, sit next to on the subway, say hi to at work every day.‘High Maintenance,’ Like a Good High, Is Funny and Sometimes Unsettling
November 11, 2014
And he said hi back and smiled and sort of patted the baby on the head and everything.The Stacks: Grateful Dead I Have Known
August 30, 2014
Robin crossed to me from across the room, got down to my level, and whispered “Hi, how are you?”Mara Wilson Remembers Robin Williams: We're All His Goddamn Kids
August 18, 2014
Below is the email response I received: Hi, thank you but we respectfully decline.You Don’t Hate Feminism. You Just Don’t Understand It.
July 24, 2014
After you insisted, you write that, “no one from the crew would meet my eyes or say hi.”The Unsinkable Lee Grant Sets the Record Straight
July 23, 2014
As he approached the recumbent figure he yelled a panted "Hi, there!"The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Hi, you—what's your name—Jennie Lind—come in here," he hailed.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
It was clearly my duty to call his attention to it; so I said, "Hi!"Masterpieces of Mystery
"Hi, Stella," said Mabel, up on one elbow and looking fuzzily at me.Sorry: Wrong Dimension
Truth is, sir, Hi wanted to ask Miss Wallace what she would like for dinner.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
- an informal word for hello
- an expression used to attract attention
- Hawaii (state)
- Hawaiian Islands
Word Origin and History for hi
greeting, 1862, American English (first recorded reference is to speech of a Kansas Indian), originally to attract attention (15c.), probably a variant of Middle English hy, hey (late 15c.) also an exclamation to call attention. Extended form hiya attested from 1940.