Definition of はい



  • yes; that is correct - polite language
  • understood; I see; OK; okay
  • present; here - as a response to a roll call
  • pardon?; what's that?; come again? - with rising intonation - colloquialism
  • now; here; here you go - used when calling for someone's attention or when handing something to someone
  • giddy-up; giddap

Example Sentences

It is difficult to keep up a conversation with someone who only says Yes and No.
"Pass me the salt, please." "Here you are."
Incidentally, that the gills of fish are bright red is because there are many 'capillary vessels' collected there, the same as for lungs.
"You with me?" "Yes"
"Ah, y-yes ... Sorry, Coz." "Hey! You might be my relative but here I'm your senior and a doctor. Keep things straight while you're in the hospital!"

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