[hou-dee, ou-; hoh-dee, oh-dee]
- a midwife.
Origin of howdie
- 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?
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- mainly US an informal word for hello
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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