[he-loh, huh-, hel-oh]
(used to express a greeting, answer a telephone, or attract attention.)
(an exclamation of surprise, wonder, elation, etc.)
(used derisively to question the comprehension, intelligence, or common sense of the person being addressed): You're gonna go out with him? Hello!
noun, plural hellos.
the call “hello” (used as an expression of greeting): She gave me a warm hello.
verb (used without object), helloed, helloing.
to say “hello”; to cry or shout: I helloed, but no one answered.
verb (used with object), helloed, helloing.
to say “hello” to (someone): We helloed each other as though nothing had happened.
Also, especially British, hullo.

1865–70; variant of hallo

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hello, hallo or hullo (hɛˈləʊ, hə-, ˈhɛləʊ, hɛˈləʊ, hə-, ˈhɛləʊ, hɛˈləʊ, hə-, ˈhɛləʊ)
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1.  an expression of greeting used on meeting a person or at the start of a telephone call
2.  a call used to attract attention
3.  an expression of surprise
4.  an expression used to indicate that the speaker thinks his or her listener is naive or slow to realize something: Hello? Have you been on Mars for the past two weeks or something?
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5.  the act of saying or calling "hello"
[C19: see hallo]
hallo, hallo or hullo
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[C19: see hallo]
hullo, hallo or hullo
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[C19: see hallo]

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Word Origin & History

1883, alt. of hallo (1840), itself an alt. of holla, hollo, a shout to attract attention, first recorded 1588. Perhaps from holla! "stop, cease." Popularity as a greeting coincides with use of the telephone, where it won out over Alexander Graham Bell's suggestion, ahoy. Central telephone exchange operators
were known as hello-girls (1889).
"Hello, formerly an Americanism, is now nearly as common as hullo in Britain (Say who you are; do not just say 'hello' is the warning given in our telephone directories) and the Englishman cannot be expected to give up the right to say hello if he likes it better than his native hullo. [H.W. Fowler, "A Dictionary of Modern English Usage," 1926]
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Computing Dictionary

hello definition

hello, world

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Example sentences
Everywhere she goes residents shout hello or come up to ask for advice.
He made the mistake of dropping by one October afternoon to say hello.
She decided to stop in to say hello.
They look through us when we try and say hello.
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