from The Century Dictionary.

  • An exclamation used to call attention: same as hello, hullo, now more common colloquially, and as halloo, which differs more in pronunciation and use. See hello and halloo.
  • To call or shout to; incite with cries.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • interjection A variant of hello
  • interjection A cry of surprise.
  • noun The cry "hallo!"
  • noun A shout of exultation.
  • verb intransitive To shout, or to call with a loud voice.
  • verb transitive To chase while shouting "hallo!"
  • verb transitive To cry "hallo" (to someone).
  • verb transitive To shout (something).


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English halou, halow, halloo (interjection used to call attention), representing Old English hēlā, ǣlā, ēalā ("O!, alas!, oh!, lo!"), equivalent to hey +‎ lo.


  • The first tentative explanation of the origin of hallo connected the English word with French au loup, au loup, the cry heard in the chase for setting dogs on the wolf.


  • Language contacts played a noticeable role in the history of the European word hallo, but the direction of borrowing is not always clear.


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