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hello (interj.)

人与人之间见面时的问候语,1848年,早期是指美国西部边境(据说在那里 hello, the house ,是接近居住地时的通常问候语)。

它是 hallo ,本身是 hollahollo ,喊叫以吸引注意的变体,似乎至少可以追溯到14世纪末(比较中英文动词 halouen "在追逐中喊叫", hallouing )。OED引用古高德文 halahola ,强调 halonholon "取","特别是用于呼唤摆渡人"。Fowler在20世纪20年代列举了 halloohallohalloahalloohellohillohilloahollahollerholloholloahollowhullo ,并写道:"形式多样,令人费解...."。

它作为一种问候语的流行(19世纪80年代)与电话的传播相吻合,在电话中,它作为回答时说的词,战胜了亚历山大-格雷厄姆-贝尔的建议, ahoy 。中央电话交换机运营商被称为 hello-girls (1889年)。

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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Definitions of hello from WordNet

hello (n.)
an expression of greeting;
every morning they exchanged polite hellos
Synonyms: hullo / hi / howdy / how-do-you-do
From wordnet.princeton.edu