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

  • interjection Used as a greeting or to attract someone's attention.

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  • interjection UK, Australia Said to get someone's attention.
  • noun UK, sometimes capitalized A working-class punk rock subgenre of the 1970s, sometimes associated with racism.


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  • "Oogie oogie oogie!"

    November 13, 2007

  • Oi, pronounced /ˈɔɪ/, is a British / Welsh, Irish, Australian slang interjection used to get someone's attention, or to express surprise or disapproval. The American English equivalent is the interjection "hey".


    See Also Oi! is a working class street-level subgenre of punk rock that originated in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s

    February 3, 2008