hello etymology

English word hello comes from English hollo (To cry "hollo" Hey, hello A cry of "hollo".)

Detailed word origin of hello

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
hollo English (eng) To cry "hollo" Hey, hello A cry of "hollo".
hello English (eng) "Hello!" or an equivalent greeting. (transitive) To greet with "hello". (chiefly, UK) An expression of puzzlement or discovery.. (colloquial) Used sarcastically to imply that the person addressed or referred to has done something the speaker or writer considers to be foolish.. A call for response if it is not clear if anyone is present or listening, or if a telephone conversation may have [...]

Words with the same origin as hello

Descendants of hollo
holler