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What ho!

Posted by Henry on June 30, 2004

In Reply to: "What ho without there!" posted by Judy on June 30, 2004

: Hello!

: This phrase appears in PG Wodehous's My Man Jeeves,
: when someone appears at the door.
: What does it mean?
: What is the origin?

: Thank you
: Judy
: (Israel)

What ho! was an informal greeting commonly used by Bertie Wooster, equivalent to Hi there!
Without is the opposite of within. Without there means outside the door.