Of bad quality.
My French fries were eh.
Used as a tag question, to emphasise what goes before or to request that the listener express an opinion about what has been said.
These hot dogs are pretty good, eh?
In isolation, a request for repetition or clarification of what has just been said. Compare what, pardon.
an interjection used to ascertain the continued attention of an individual addressed by the speaker
So we're out of beer, eh, we better get more then.
Symbol for redox potential (in volts).
The term "eh" is an interjection used to seek agreement, clarification, or confirmation from the listener in a casual or nonchalant manner. It is commonly used in informal conversations, particularly in Canadian English, to subtly solicit the opinion or reaction of others.
an expression of inquiry or slight surprise
Etymology: [OE. ei, ey.]
Eh is a spoken interjection in English that is similar in meaning to "Excuse me," "Please repeat that" or "huh?" It is also commonly used as a question tag, i.e., method for inciting a reply, as in "It's nice here, eh?" In North America, it is most commonly associated with Canada and Canadian English. Similar interjections exist in other languages, such as Armenian, Hokkien Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, Persian, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish, Korean and Catalan. The spelling of this sound in English is quite different from the common usage of these letters. The vowel is sounded in one of the continental manners, and the letter h is used to indicate that it is long, as though the origin of the spelling were German. It is an invariant question tag, unlike the "is it?" and "have you?" tags that have, with the insertion of not, different construction in positive and negative questions. There is some question about the origin of the term. One theory is that the "eh" sound is similar to the "ey" sound that a native French speaker will stereotypically say when pronouncing the word "Hey". Dropped H's are also common to many British dialects.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ā, interj. expressing inquiry or slight surprise.—v.i. to say 'Eh.'
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Eh is ranked #56444 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Eh surname appeared 362 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Eh.
93.9% or 340 total occurrences were Asian.
4.4% or 16 total occurrences were White.
British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'eh' in Written Corpus Frequency: #438
The numerical value of eh in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of eh in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
You want to get high in Colorado and Washington, even though marijuana is against the law in this country? Eh, go ahead.
It's the liberal policies in this city that have led to the lawlessness that has been encouraged by the President of the United States, sanctuary cities across the country, where if you are mayor, you don't want to enforce the immigration law? Eh, don't bother. Because the President doesn't like those laws.
I found the tickets. But it was like $1,500 for four people. So I said, 'Eh, I can go back and forth with the gas in my car,'.
Sanctuary cities across the country, where if you are mayor, you don't want to enforce the immigration law? Eh, don't bother. Because the President doesn't like those laws.
Eh! Je suis leur chef, il fallait bien les suivre. (Ah well! I am their leader, I really ought to follow them.)
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