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[huh-loh] /həˈloʊ/
(used to call or answer someone, or to incite dogs in hunting.)
noun, plural hallos.
the cry “hallo!”.
a shout of exultation.
verb (used without object), halloed, halloing.
to call with a loud voice; shout; cry, as after hunting dogs.
verb (used with object), halloed, halloing.
to incite or chase (something) with shouts and cries of “hallo!”.
to cry “hallo” to (someone).
to shout (something).
Origin of hallo
1560-70; variant of hollo, itself variant of earlier holla < Middle French hola, equivalent to ho ahoy + la there Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hallo
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  • The pistol was giving him fine support for it was very evident that hallo did not mean to take chances.

    Under Fire For Servia Colonel James Fiske
  • hallo,” said he, with the sunny smile of old acquaintanceship, “where have you sprung from?

    The Ghost Girl H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • Should you pass along that lonely creek and venture to call a cheery “hallo!”

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • hallo, the cask has been overturned; and what has become of the pork?

    Saved from the Sea W.H.G. Kingston
  • hallo, Blue Lady,” and flung two chubby, suffocating arms tightly around her neck.

    Tommy Tregennis Mary Elizabeth Phillips
  • Disco, taken completely by surprise, omitted his wonted “hallo!”

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
  • hallo came in, and Dick darted back—but not until he had seen that the other occupant of the room was Stepan Dushan!

    Under Fire For Servia Colonel James Fiske
  • His voice was echoed from a distance as loudly as he had spoken, and the “hallo!”

    Fire Island G. Manville Fenn
  • When he saw his brothers' sorrowful looks he cried, 'hallo, what's the matter now?'

  • Somebody told Mr. Dewey who was coming, and he was just ready to say, "hallo, Tip!"

British Dictionary definitions for hallo


sentence substitute, noun
a variant spelling of hello
sentence substitute, noun, verb
a variant spelling of halloo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hallo

shout to call attention, 1781, earlier hollo, holla (see hello). Halow as a shipman's cry to incite effort is from mid-15c.; Halloo as a verb, "to pursue with shouts, to shout in the chase," from late 14c. Cf. also harou, cry of distress, late 13c., from French.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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