from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- interj. Chiefly British Variant of hello.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- interj. Alternative form of hello. (Greeting.)
- interj. Alternative form of hello. (expressing puzzlement or discovery)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- interj. See hollo.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Another form of hello.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an expression of greeting
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His alternative was 'hello', a sligh alteration of 'hullo' which up until that point had been an expression of surprise as in 'hullo, what's going on here?
Her hullo was a trifle awkward, but Philip didn't seem to notice.
If this was the UK, I would expect to be ushered to a table (probably grumbling inwardly about the empty tables I passed on the way), then, once seated, make a curt nod and "hullo" to my table mates before either engaging in quiet conversation with my companion or looking pensively out of the window, trying hard to look like I'm thinking of Very Important Things.
She cringed deprecat-ingly at his touch, gave him a sickly smile and whispered "hullo" on a gasp of intaken breath.
I heard him say 'hullo' and realizing what I had done, hung up the phone right away.
Just a very quick entry to say "hullo" from sunny Palm Cove!
Close to fifty thousand pairs of hands punched the air in time with the 'hullo's, satisfied grins masking their relief at seeing a second goal go in before the interval.
Close to fifty thousand pairs of hands punched the air in time with the 'hullo's, safisfied grins masking their relief at seeing a second goal go in before the interval.
Zach never asked Susan to join him, but he called "hullo" to her every now and then.
Yes, there was Nancy's pretty yellow head, and in another minute she was looking into Nancy's merry eyes and trying to answer three questions at once and say "hullo" to Josephine and Jane and Sally May.