Meaning of “hey” in the English Dictionary

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"hey" in British English

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uk /heɪ/ us /heɪ/ informal

A2 used as a way of attracting someone's attention, sometimes in a way that is not very polite:

Hey! What are you doing with my car?
Hey, are you guys coming to Angela's party?

mainly US used as a greeting:

Hey Brad! How you doing?

More examples

  • Hey! What do you think you're doing?
  • Hey! Where are you two going?
  • Hey, you!


(Definition of “hey” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hey" in American English

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us /heɪ/ infml

used to get someone’s attention, or to express surprise, pleasure, or questioning:

Hey, you guys, wait for me!

(Definition of “hey” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)