When someone - my friend - says "neeee" to me, what does it mean? It's not when I say something and they respond "neeee" or "sou da yo neee". It's when "neee" is used either by itself, or instead of my name or before my name, for instance "neee, Maiku, doushita no?" or "neeee, choytto matte".

What does "neee" mean in such situations?


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ねえ said in isolation is an interjection that means one of the followings:

In your case, it's the second usage as a simple attention drawer.

  • and the 3rd one too
    – Dari
    Oct 19, 2017 at 12:54
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    In a way it's like how in English "Hey" is used to grab someone's attention, and can also be used to say "Hello". In this case, ねえ is to seek someone's attention as naruto explained
    – psosuna
    Oct 19, 2017 at 19:03

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