Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • interjection Used to express greeting.

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

  • interjection A friendly, informal, casual greeting said when meeting someone.
  • adjective Informal spelling of high, often hyphenated.
  • noun "Hi" or similar greeting.

Etymologies

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American English (first recorded reference is to speech of a Kansas Indian), originally to attract attention, probably a variant of Middle English hy, hey (circa 1475) also an exclamation to call attention.

Examples

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  • Hi!

    September 1, 2010

  • 'Sup?

    September 1, 2010

  • Oh, nothin' much. You?

    September 1, 2010

  • Nuttin'...

    September 2, 2010

  • Say... did ya hear the one about how to eat an elephant?

    September 2, 2010

  • I'm a vegetarian...

    September 2, 2010

  • Oh.

    September 2, 2010

  • You still like chicken jokes though, dontcha?

    September 2, 2010

  • I mean, obviously I'll avoid jokes about cows or pigs or... goats... vegetarians don't eat goats... right?

    September 2, 2010

  • Vegetarians do not eat goats. That is correct. But just because we don't eat the flesh of beasts doesn't mean we don't have a beastly good sense of humor! Let the chicken (and goat, pig, and cow) jokes commence! Just take it easy on the deer, will ya? And rabbits, dogs, and horses (except for 'long face' jokes -- they slay me). You can go crazy on cats if you want. Fish? Meh.

    September 3, 2010