hi

1
[ hahy ]
/ haɪ /

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interjection

(used as an exclamation of greeting); hello!

Origin of hi

1
1425–75; late Middle English hy, perhaps variant of hei hey

Can be confused

hi hie high

Definition for hi (2 of 4)

hi

2
[ hahy ]
/ haɪ /

adjective

an informal, simplified spelling of high: hi fidelity.

Definition for hi (3 of 4)

HI


Hawaii (approved especially for use with zip code).

Definition for hi (4 of 4)

H.I.


Hawaiian Islands.
Meteorology. heat index.
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British Dictionary definitions for hi (1 of 3)

hi

1
/ (haɪ) /

sentence substitute

an informal word for hello

Word Origin for hi

C20: originally US, from hiya

British Dictionary definitions for hi (2 of 3)

hi

2
/ (haɪ) /

interjection

an expression used to attract attention

Word Origin for hi

C15 hy; compare hey

British Dictionary definitions for hi (3 of 3)

HI


abbreviation for

Hawaii (state)
Hawaiian Islands
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