Adjective "hey" definition and examples

(Hey may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Used to attract attention, to express surprise, interest, or annoyance, or to elicit agreement.
  1. 'So we wrote these songs to say, hey, it's cool to be different, and don't be like the squares!'
  2. 'It's at this time of the year that I like to say to myself, hey! let's forget about the mistakes of the past year - and instead look forward with excitement to the year ahead.'
  3. 'Hey, get your hand off me!'
  4. 'And if two people love each other and really believe they can be partners for life hey, good luck to 'em.'
  5. 'Hey! You! Come and help me!'
  6. 'I just called to say hey'
  7. 'Bill popped his head in. ‘Hey Nicole, hey Jake.’'
  8. '‘Jenni? It's Will,’ the voice on the other end said. ‘Oh, hey Will,’ I smiled.'

More definitions

1. (used as an exclamation to call attention or to express pleasure, surprise, bewilderment, etc.)

2. Informal. hello: used as a greeting.

More examples(as adjective)

"days can be hey."


Natural exclamation: first recorded in Middle English.


hey up
what the hey