Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. A variant of hello
  • interj. A cry of surprise.
  • n. The cry "hallo!"
  • n. A shout of exultation.
  • v. To shout, or to call with a loud voice.
  • v. To chase while shouting "hallo!"
  • v. To cry "hallo" (to someone).
  • v. To shout (something).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.

Etymologies

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. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    OUPblog

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

    OUPblog

  • The two highlights of the station for me (besides the absolutely crack-up train station attendant who complained that I was keeping him awake when I "hallo"ed to get him to come to the window) were the fabulous tall-backed benches with built-in reading lights running the length over your head (see a picture here), and a retro sign on the outside of the station that urged, "Travel by Train".

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • A man rose from the seat, put his hands to his mouth like a trumpet, uttered a loud "hallo," and beckoned.

    The Redemption of David Corson

  • No answering "hallo" reached them, and the only effect of their cries seemed to be to add to the fright of their horses and so endanger themselves still more.

    The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle Or, The Girl Miner of Gold Run

  • Boys turned toward the spot where that faint "hallo" had come from.

    Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys The Birch Bark Lodge

  • "Yes, 'hallo' isn't at all bad," said Mr. Atherley.

    Once a Week

  • That goes out to my cousin Colin, I guess that he is way cooler than me these days, I was gonna start out with a "hallo" or "hey hey" or

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  • In one guise or another, "hallo," "halloo," and "hullo" have been used to solicit attention and signal surprise since the Middle Ages.

    NPR Topics: News

  • have said "au revoir" to France and "hallo" to Germany. donating duo and their six children arrived in Berlin Tuesday for a three-month stay as Brad prepares for his role in the latest blood-drenched

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