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hi

1
[ hahy ]
/ haɪ /
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interjection

(used as an exclamation of greeting); hello!

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Origin of hi

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hi

hi , hie, high

Definition for hi (2 of 4)

hi2
[ hahy ]
/ haɪ /

adjective

an informal, simplified spelling of high: hi fidelity.

Definition for hi (3 of 4)

HI

abbreviation

Hawaii (approved especially for use with zip code).

Definition for hi (4 of 4)

H.I.

abbreviation

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

hi1
/ (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)

hi2
/ (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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