Hey vs Why - What's the difference?

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As interjections the difference between hey and why

is that hey is an exclamation to get attention while why is an exclamation used to express indignation, mild surprise, or impatience "well, i'll tell you".

As nouns the difference between hey and why

is that hey is (country dancing) a choreographic figure in which the dancers weave between one another while why is reason or why can be (uk|dialect) a young heifer.

As an adverb why is

for what cause, reason, or purpose.

hey

English

Alternative forms

* (l) * (l)

Interjection

(en interjection)
  • An exclamation to get attention.
  • Hey , look at this!
  • A protest or reprimand.
  • Hey ! Stop that!
  • An expression of surprise.
  • Hey ! This is new!
  • (US, Australia, UK, Canada) 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".

    See also

    * huh * hay is for horses * (wikipedia "hey")

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (country dancing) A choreographic figure in which the dancers weave between one another.
  • Anagrams

    * ----

    why

    English

    (wikipedia why)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl), from (etyl) . See (l).

    Adverb

    (-)
  • For what cause, reason, or purpose.
  • #
  • Why is the sky blue?
  • Why did you do that?
  • I don’t know why he did that
  • Tell me why the moon changes phase.
  • #
  • Why spend money on something you already get for free?
  • Why not tell him how you feel?
  • #
  • Why''' him? '''Why not someone taller?
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    Synonyms
    * how come, wherefore

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • reason
  • A good article will cover the who, the what, the when, the where, the why and the how .
    Synonyms
    * wherefore

    Interjection

    (en interjection)
  • An exclamation used to express indignation, mild surprise, or impatience. "Well, I'll tell you...".
  • * Daniel Defoe
  • Why , child, I tell thee if I was thy mother I would not disown thee; don't you see I am as kind to you as if I was your mother?”
    Derived terms
    * whyever * why in God's name * why not * why on Earth * whys and wherefores * why the Devil * why the dickens * why the fuck

    Etymology 2

    Noun

    (whies)
  • (UK, dialect) A young heifer.
  • (Grose)

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