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[hou-dee, ou-; hoh-dee, oh-dee]
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noun Scot. and North England Slang.
  1. a midwife.
Also howdy.

Origin of howdie

origin uncertain


noun, plural how·dies, interjection
  1. hello; how do you do (used as an expression of greeting).

Origin of howdy1

First recorded in 1820–30; from the phrase how do ye?


noun, plural how·dies. Scot. and North England Slang.
  1. howdie.
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British Dictionary definitions for howdies


sentence substitute
  1. mainly US an informal word for hello

Word Origin

C16: from the phrase how d'ye do
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Word Origin and History for howdies


1837, earlier how de (1828), first recorded in Southern U.S. dialect, contraction of how do you do (1630s), phrase inquiring after someone's health; earlier how do ye (1560s).

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