hi

1
[hahy]

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interjection

(used as an exclamation of greeting); hello!

Nearby words

  1. hh,
  2. hh.d.,
  3. hhd,
  4. hhfa,
  5. hhs,
  6. hi hat cymbals,
  7. hi tech,
  8. hi test,
  9. hi-fi,
  10. hi-hat

Origin of hi

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

Can be confusedhi hie high

hi

2
[hahy]

adjective

an informal, simplified spelling of high: hi fidelity.

HI

Hawaii (approved especially for use with zip code).

H.I.

Hawaiian Islands.
Meteorology. heat index.
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British Dictionary definitions for hi

hi

1

sentence substitute

an informal word for hello

Word Origin for hi

C20: originally US, from hiya

interjection

an expression used to attract attention

Word Origin for hi

C15 hy; compare hey

HI

abbreviation for

Hawaii (state)
Hawaiian Islands
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Word Origin and History for hi

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.

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