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47 Ways to Say Hello With Meaning and Examples

Ways to Say "Hello" With Meaning and Examples

Are you looking for some different ways to say "hello" in English? Well, a good conversation in English (or any language) requires some back and forth.


Ways to say "hello"


List of 58 ways to say "hello" with examples in English:


1. Doing OK?

A question about one's wellbeing.

  • You doing OK? I know you've had a rough week at work.

2.  (Is) everything OK?

Are you all right? How are you? Said when one suspects that the person being addressed is feeling sad or not their usual self.

  • A: Is everything OK?
  • B: Oh yeah, everything's fine.

3. Good morning

A conventional expression of greeting or, less commonly, farewell used during the morning (i.e., before noon). 

  • Good morning, class. We'll begin by discussing the chapter I assigned you to read last night.

4. Good afternoon

A conventional expression of greeting or, less commonly, farewell used during the afternoon.

  • Good afternoon, sir, how are you today?

5. Good evening

A conventional expression of greeting or, less commonly, farewell used around or after dusk.

  • Good evening, everyone!

6. Great/Good to see you!

I'm happy that I encountered you (again); I like seeing you.

  • I’m Tom, it’s good to see you.

7. Greetings

The action of giving a sign of welcome.

  • He extended his hand as a greeting.

8. Greetings and salutations!

An emphatic and somewhat formal greeting.

  • Greetings and felicitations! Welcome to our talent show!

9. Hello

Used as a greeting or to begin a phone conversation.

  • Hello there, Katie!

10. Hey bro!

Used when talking to a male friend: 

  • Hey, bro, what's up?

11. Hey buddy!

A slang greeting term between men, it means "hi friend".

  • Hey buddy, how you got here?

12. Hey dude!

Dude is a slang greeting term between men, meaning "guy" or "man."

  • Hey, dude! I called David!

13. Hey girl!

A way of getting a girls attention, when you don't know her. A way of trying to show her you like what you see, but know your not actually going to impress her. Usually done when she can't hear you or your driving by.

  • Hey Girl! -What's going on?

14. Hey man!

To greet someone or get someone's attention.

  • Hey man, are you finished with that?

15. Hey there!

A: It can be a greeting, a way of saying hello to someone you know. 

  • Hey there, Bob. Lookin’ good man. How’re ya’ doing?

B: It can also be used to call out or get the attention of someone you don’t know.

  • Hey there, watch where you’re going!

16. Hey y’all!

"y'all" is a shortened version of "you all" so it basically means "hello everyone". It's very casual or jocular

  • Hey you all, come look at this.

17. Hey!

Used as a way of attracting someone's attention, sometimes in a way that is not very polite: 

  • Hey! What are you doing with my car?

18. Hey! There she/he is 

To make attention of your friend to another person.

  • Hey! There she is. She is gorgeous.

19. Hey, boo

It's slang. One's romantic partner. Often used as a term of endearment.

  • Hey, boo, how are you?

20. Hey, What’s up?

To get someone's attention and talk to them To get your friend or someone's attention and talk to him.

  • Hey, what’s up? Why are you so angry.

21. Hi

Used as an informal greeting, usually to people who you know.

  • Hi, how are you doing?

22. How are you

An informal greeting, not requiring a literal response. In form a question, and thus followed by a question mark.

  • It's lovely to meet you, how are you?

23. How are things going?/how’s it going?/how goes it?

Spoken used to ask someone what is happening in their life, especially used as a greeting.

  • Hi Jane. How are things going?

24. How are you doing today?/How you doing?

Spoken used when you meet someone to ask them if they are well, happy etc.

  • Hi Bob, how you doing?

25. How are you feeling today?

The question typically has an emphasis on the listener's health. 

  • Miranda, I heard you were sick recently. How are you feeling these days?

    26. How are you holding up?

    Is mainly used to check how someone is after they have received some bad news.

    • Jennifer, I heard some bad news about you. How are you holding up?

    27. How have you been?

    It's asking what you have been up to and how life has been for you from from a certain point in time.

    • Hey, great to see you again! How've you been lately?

    28. How’s everyone doing?/ How’s everyone?

    When you want to know how people around you are feeling.
    • John, How’s everyone doing in your home?

    29. How’s everything?

    How are things in your life? How are you? Used as an informal greeting.

    • How is everything, Jonah? You seem distracted in class lately.

    30. Howdy

    An informal friendly greeting, particularly associated with the western US states.

    • Howdy, stranger.

    31. It’s been a while!

    It’s been a long time since people saw each other.

    • Hey, it's been a while. How are you?

    32. (It’s) good/nice to see you (again)!

    I'm happy that I encountered you (again); I like seeing you. 

    • It's so good to see you, Paul. It's been too long!

    33. Long time no see

    A phrase used when one encounters someone after having not seen them for a long period of time.

    • Hey Susan. Long time no see. How have you been?

    34. Look what the cat dragged in!

    A mild and usually playful insult used to announce someone's arrival and suggest that the person has a messy or otherwise disheveled physical appearance.

    • When Jennifer came in soaking wet from the rain, Candice laughed and said, "Look what the cat dragged in!".

    35. Look who it is!/look who’s here​

    Used when someone arrives and you are surprised.
    • Oh, Look who it is! welcome back my dude.

    36. Nice to meet you!

    Used as a friendly greeting when you meet someone for the first time.
    • Hi, nice to meet you! I’m Tom.

    37. Nice to see you (again)

    Used for greeting or saying goodbye to someone who you already know.

    • Nice to see you again John.

    38. Pleased to meet you

    Used as a polite way of greeting someone when you meet them for the first time.

    • Tony, this is Mr Wilkins. Pleased to meet you.

    39. Sup?

    How have you been? What is or has been happening? (A colloquial shortening of "what's up?")

    • A: Sup Randy? I haven't seen you in a while.
    • B: Ah, not too much, just getting by, you know.

    40. What are you up to (these days)?/What have you been up to?

    It is used in casual discussions between or among people with intimate relationships, as opposed to formal ones. 

    • "Hello, Sam! What are you up to?" "I just got out of the office. I’m starving. Wanna grab some dinner?"

    41. What’s going on?

    What's happening? What's new with you? (Used as a greeting.)

    • What's going on, everyone? You all have a good weekend?

    42. What’s happening?

    What's going on? How are you doing? What's new with you? "Happening" is often colloquially shortened to "happenin'" or "happ'nin'.

    • What's happening, everyone? You all have a good weekend?

    43. What’s new?

    A standard, casual greeting to someone used to politely (and sometimes superficially) inquire about what is happening in their life. 

    • Hey Tom, what's new?

    44. What’s shaking?

    (slang) what is happening?; what's up?

    • What's shakin', y'all? Everyone have a good weekend?

    45. What’s the (good) word?

    What's going on with you? What's new? (Used as a greeting.)

    • Haven't seen you in a while! What's the good word?

    46. What’s up? 

    A casual greeting with a meaning similar to how are you? or nice to meet you.

    • Hey, what's up?

    47. Whazzup?

    A form of "What's up?" or "What is up?", which means, "Hey, how's it going? How's it been? How are you?"

    • Hey, Joe! Wazzup?



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