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  1. heynoun

    A choreographic figure in which the dancers weave between one another.

  2. heyinterjection

    An exclamation to get attention.

    Hey, look at this!

  3. heyinterjection

    A protest or reprimand.

    Hey! Stop that!

  4. heyinterjection

    An expression of surprise.

    Hey! This is new!

  5. heyinterjection

    An informal greeting, similar to hi (used in the US, Australia and Canada).

    Hey! How's it going?

  6. heyinterjection

    A request for repetition or explanation; an expression of confusion (see also eh).

    Hey? How's that?

  7. heyinterjection

    A meaningless beat marker or extra, filler syllable in musical lyrics.

    The chorus is "nana na na, nana na na hey hey hey, good bye"

  8. Etymology: From hey, hei, cognate with he, hei, hei, and hej, hey, hei, see heigh. Probably a natural expression, as may be inferred from its presence with similar meaning in many other unrelated languages: for example, Burmese ဟေး, Finnish hei, Unami hè, and Mandarin Chinese 哎, and various sound-alikes as Roman eho, Greek εἴα, Latin eia.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Heyinterj.

    An expression of joy, or mutual exhortation; the contrary to the Latin hei.

    Etymology: from high.

    Shadwell from the town retires,
    To bless the wood with peaceful lyrick;
    Then hey for praise and panegyrick. Matthew Prior.


  1. Hey

    Hey Jude is a song by the English rock band the Beatles that was released as a non-album single in August 1968. It was written by Paul McCartney and credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership. The single was the Beatles first release on their Apple record label and one of the "First Four" singles by Apple's roster of artists, marking the label's public launch. "Hey Jude" was a number-one hit in many countries around the world and became the top-selling single of 1968 in the UK, the US, Australia and Canada. Its nine-week run at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 tied the all-time record in 1968 for the longest run at the top of the US charts. It has sold approximately eight million copies and is frequently included on music critics' lists of the greatest songs of all time. The writing and recording of "Hey Jude" coincided with a period of upheaval in the Beatles. The ballad evolved from "Hey Jules", a song McCartney wrote to comfort John Lennon's son, Julian, after Lennon had left his wife for the Japanese artist Yoko Ono. The lyrics espouse a positive outlook on a sad situation, while also encouraging "Jude" to pursue his opportunities to find love. After the fourth verse, the song shifts to a fade-out coda. Lasting for over four minutes, it is longer than the rest of the song. Recording for the song took place midway through the sessions for the Beatles' self-titled double album (also known as the "White Album") and led to an argument between McCartney and George Harrison over Harrison's idea for the guitar part. Ringo Starr later left the band only to return shortly before they filmed the promotional clip for the single. The clip was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg and first aired on David Frost's UK television show. Contrasting with the problems afflicting the band, this performance captured the song's theme of optimism and togetherness by featuring the studio audience joining the Beatles as they sang the coda.


  1. Hey

    Hey is a common informal greeting typically used to get someone's attention or to initiate a casual conversation. It is often used as a friendly and simple way to acknowledge someone's presence or to start a conversation in a more relaxed and familiar tone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heyadjective


  2. Hey

    an exclamation of joy, surprise, or encouragement

  3. Hey

    a cry to set dogs on

  4. Etymology: [See High.]


  1. Hey

    Hey is a Polish rock band founded in Szczecin in 1991 by guitarist Piotr Banach and lead singer Kasia Nosowska. It is one of the most popular Polish music acts of the 1990s. Although Hey sometimes described themselves as the first Polish grunge band, their melodic, guitar-driven rock and eclectic appearance owed more to New Wave and heavy metal influences; their first three albums contained songs in both Polish and English. During the band's mid-1990s heyday, they sold out stadiums throughout Poland, and attempted to break into the English-language market with a series of concerts overseas and an English version of their 1995 album ?. When this failed to arouse interest, the band began to write in Polish only, and gradually adopted a harder-edged, more industrial-influenced sound. Overall, the band has sold over 2.2 million album copies. In addition, Nosowska has also enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist. She has released five solo albums that derive more from an electronica style.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hey

    hā, interj. expressive of joy or interrogation.—interj. Hey′day, expressive of frolic, exultation, or wonder.—n. exaltation of the spirits: the wild gaiety of youth: period of fullest vigour.—n. Hey′deguy (Spens.), a country dance or round.—interjs. Hey′-go-mad, expressing a high degree of excitement; Hey′-pass (Milt.), an expression used by jugglers during their performance. [Imit.]

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  2. HEY

    What does HEY stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the HEY acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HEY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hey is ranked #15508 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hey surname appeared 1,887 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Hey.

    82.9% or 1,565 total occurrences were White.
    8.4% or 160 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.1% or 60 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 47 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 34 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 21 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Hey' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1033

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hey in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Hey in a Sentence

  1. Trevor Lawrence:

    I actually, I didn’t find out until this morning. I woke up, I guess it was around six or whatever, and saw it on my phone. I had some texts and then just naturally kind of Googled it to see what’s going on just to be honest. Saw that and I rolled over and told Marissa [his wife], ‘Hey, this just happened. It’ll be an interesting day at work. I’m going to go in and see,’.

  2. Abraham Ancer:

    We were nine back, you know? we just know that we have to make a bunch of birdies. I just told myself, 'Hey, just hit the green, see one putt roll in and feed off of that. It was nice to see the group was playing well. Rory was hitting some nice putts, the hole starts getting a little bit bigger, too.

  3. Doug Heye:

    Right now they're like, 'Oh, hey, Iowa could be interesting,' partly because Walker has imploded, certainly there's a little bit of a vacuum but there's not a massive one.

  4. Donald Trump:

    Hey President Trump, my wife and I just released 10 years - please do the same.

  5. Randy Shaw:

    When you don't arrest drug dealers and you don't have visible police, more drug dealers say ‘Hey, this is a great place to do business,’ it's just been completely out of control for two years now. I don't think there's any place in the United States that matches what we have in the Tenderloin.

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    heighten or intensify
    A moan
    B inspire
    C emerge
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