Used as a friendly greeting or to attract attention.‘‘Hi there. How was the flight?’’
- ‘‘Hi, is Danielle there?’ asked a guy's voice.’
- ‘Hi, Jessica, how are you?’
- ‘Hi there everyone. My name's Jeb.’
- ‘I'd just like to say hi to my friends and family back home.’
Natural exclamation: first recorded in late Middle English.
Hawaii (in official postal use).