Definitions and meaning of hoi
Variant of hoy.
- A call to gain someone's attention; hey!
- Only used in hoi polloi
Possibly a spontaneous alteration of the interjection ho. The use as a joyful exclamation is attested from the 16th century; use as an informal greeting appears only in the 20th century.
Another possibility is the borrowing from English ahoy or Middle English hoy; See also ahoi.
- Rhymes: -ɔi̯
- IPA(key): /ɦɔi̯/
- (Netherlands, informal) A greeting acknowledging someone’s arrival or presence, comparable to English hey, hi
- (Netherlands, informal) A farewell acknowledging someone's departure, comparable to English goodbye, bye
- (dated) An exclamation of joy.
- goede dag
- Karl J. Franklin, Comparative Wordlist 1 of the Gulf District and adjacent areas (1975), page 67
- IPA(key): /ˈhoi̯/, [ˈho̞i̯]
- Rhymes: -oi
- Syllabification: hoi
- ahoy, hey
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- (Southern Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, South Tyrol) hi! an informal greeting acknowledging someone’s arrival or presence
- Hoi, wie geht's?
- guten Morgen
- guten Tag
- guten Abend
- (Gherdëina) A greeting acknowledging someone’s arrival or presence, comparable to English hey, hi
- deep sea
- (intransitive) go in
- (transitive) put in
From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *huy (“exclamation to express surprise, call to a friend, respond to a distant call, etc.”).
hoi (Jawi spelling هوي)
- hey; interjection used to call out to people
- “hoi” in Pusat Rujukan Persuratan Melayu | Malay Literary Reference Centre, Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 2017.
- Austronesian Comparative Dictionary
- toneless rendering of hói
- toneless rendering of hoí
Possibly from English horse.
- (Hà Nội) IPA(key): [hɔj˧˧]
- (Huế) IPA(key): [hɔj˧˧]
- (Hồ Chí Minh City) IPA(key): [hɔj˧˧]
hoi • (𦤠)
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- Synonym: hôi
- “hoi”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011
- to urge, incite.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)