from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Used to express fatigue, mild surprise, boredom, disappointment, or sometimes exultation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To chant "heigh-ho", a cadence-count used for synchronized walking, marching, pulling, lifting, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interj. An exclamation of surprise, joy, dejection, uneasiness, weariness, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An exclamation expressing a degree of surprise, astonishment, or exultation, or more usually, as languidly uttered, some weariness, marking conventionally a sigh or a yawn: also sometimes as a verb.


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  • Florimel not a name I care for, but heigh-ho is a mad, mad girl.

    Exit the Actress

  • I seem to be alone in my lack of patriotism, but heigh-ho.

    Exit the Actress

  • It is like a fairy-tale, I said, tying the last of my laces and checking my face in the mirror—my cheeks were flushed pink, not enough powder, but heigh-ho.

    Exit the Actress

  • They encourage me not to lose my Oxfordshire lilt, country accents being so fashionable now, but I am not sure I could if I tried, so heigh-ho.

    Exit the Actress

  • I'm filling in as one of Snow White's dwarves, Nasty; heigh-ho, heigh-ho, be-otch.

    Floyd Elliot: Vasectomy? Vasecta You!

  • Louie started singing, Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, its off for food we go.

    Freaked Out

  • Serono's controlling shareholder, the Bertarelli family, has sat in a corner crying heigh-ho for a buyer for the best part of half a year.

    Bertarelli Terminates Discussions To Sell Serono

  • * I may sit in a corner and cry heigh-ho for a husband.

    June 2005

  • Thus goes every one to the world but I, and I am sunburnt; I may sit in a corner and cry heigh-ho for a husband!

    Much Ado About Nothing

  • It was more of a "heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it's off to work we go" attitude that made this happen. - Thanks for the Cinderella story


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