Eh ( or ) is a spoken interjection in English that is similar in meaning to "Excuse me?," "Please repeat that", or "Huh?". It is also commonly used as an alternative to the question tag right?, i.e., method for inciting a reply, as in "It's nice here, eh?" (instead of "It's nice here, right?"). In North America, it is most commonly associated with Canada and Canadian English, and with Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Similar interjections exist in other languages, such as Dutch, Azerbaijani, Armenian, Hokkien Chinese, Japanese, French, Finnish, Italian, Greek, Hebrew, Malay, Spanish, Persian, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish, Korean, Catalan and Filipino.
The spelling of this sound in English is quite different from the common usage of these letters. The vowel is sounded in one of the continental manners, and the letter h is used to indicate it is long, as though the origin of the spelling were German.
It is an invariant question tag, unlike the "is it?" and "have you?" tags that have, with the insertion of not, different construction in positive and negative questions.
Used as a tag question, to emphasise what goes before or to request that the listener express an opinion about what has been said.
"These hot dogs are pretty good, eh?"
In isolation, a request for repetition or clarification of what has just been said. Compare what, pardon.
An interjection used to ascertain the continued attention of an individual addressed by the speaker
"I went to the restaurant, eh, but my friends didn't show up."
Expressing apathy or lack of enthusiasm; meh.
"—Do you feel like going out tonight?
—Eh, I don't know."
To use the interjection eh
Of mediocre quality; unremarkable.
"My French fries were eh."
An exclamation to get attention.
"Hey, look at this!"
A protest or reprimand.
"Hey! Stop that!"
An expression of surprise.
"Hey! This is new!"
An informal greeting, similar to hi.
"Hey! How's it going?"
A request for repetition or explanation; an expression of confusion (see also eh, huh).
"Hey? How's that?"
A meaningless beat marker or extra, filler syllable in song lyrics.
"The chorus is nana na na, nana na na hey hey hey, goodbye"."
A choreographic figure in which three or more dancers weave between one another, passing by left and right shoulder alternately.
alternative spelling of heHebrew letter
used to attract attention, to express surprise, interest, or annoyance, or to elicit agreement
"hey, what's going on here?"
used as a friendly greeting
"I just called to say hey"
An expression of inquiry or slight surprise.
An exclamation of joy, surprise, or encouragement.
A cry to set dogs on.