Definitions starting with H

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hey, eh

[cf. OED eh an interjectional interrogative particle, often inviting assent to the sentiment expressed: 1859 "You are joking, Jesse, eh?"; because Bah. questions are not marked with the subject/auxiliary verb inversion of standard English, this tag seems to have assumed the role of a more explicit African question marker, e.g. Yoruba njé or Mandinka kóri (Holm 1978:245); cf. Port. Cr. e idem (Ivens Ferraz 1979:72)] question marker: 1918 Yer jes' fin' out, hey? (Parsons 24). 1936 "Eh, bulla?". . .a signal of interrogation anticipating assent (Dupuch 123). cf. AIN'T 2, UN (Gen.)

35. ain't (2)

Tags: interjection, particle

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Last update: 2010-10-17 02:26
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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