Definition of hey in English:

hey

exclamation

  • 1Used to attract attention, to express surprise, interest, or annoyance, or to elicit agreement.

    ‘hey, what's going on here?’
    ‘hey, don't I know it!’
    • ‘Hey Megan, come here and read this.’
    • ‘Hey, that reminds me. I don't think we had any calls all day.’
    • ‘So your kids might grow up a little cautious but, hey, is that so bad?’
    • ‘Hey, get your hand off me!’
    • ‘So we wrote these songs to say, hey, it's cool to be different, and don't be like the squares!’
    • ‘And if two people love each other and really believe they can be partners for life hey, good luck to 'em.’
    • ‘It's at this time of the year that I like to say to myself, hey! let's forget about the mistakes of the past year - and instead look forward with excitement to the year ahead.’
    • ‘Hey! You! Come and help me!’
    • ‘I read about all the interest and I think, hey fantastic, but nobody calls me.’
    • ‘Hey, it's my birthday weekend. I can have whatever I want.’
    1. 1.1US Used as a friendly greeting.
      ‘I just called to say hey’
      • ‘‘Gianni, this is my friend Danny, Danny this is Gianni.’ ‘Hey,’ Gianni said and sat back down next to Emily.’
      • ‘Bill popped his head in. ‘Hey Nicole, hey Jake.’’
      • ‘I ran twice around the block and slipped back into the house where my parents were eating toast and sipping coffee. ‘Hey, Jenna,’ Mom said, passing me the plate of toast as I sat down.’
      • ‘‘Jenni? It's Will,’ the voice on the other end said. ‘Oh, hey Will,’ I smiled.’
      • ‘Hey, you guys, sorry I'm late.’

Origin

Natural exclamation: first recorded in Middle English.

Pronunciation:

hey

/hā/