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[hou-dee] /ˈhaʊ di/ Informal.
noun, plural howdies, interjection
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?


[hou-dee] /ˈhaʊ di/
noun, plural howdies. Scot. and North England Slang.
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  • howdy,” he retorted, with as much amiability as it was possible for him to display.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • "We wanted to be the fust to say howdy, old man," explained Asaph.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And he's about the only commercial traveler I would ever say howdy to at those times.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • howdy,” he civilly replied to a friendly greeting from Mr. Howell.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks
  • "howdy, pards," he said, with an assumption of the cowboy manner.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
  • howdy, Charlie,” he said, without displaying the least concern.

    The Watchers of the Plains

    Ridgewell Cullum
  • "howdy, Marster," she said, as if uncertain whether to stop or to pass on into the doorway.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • A man came out on the hotel porch, said "howdy," and waited.

    Sally of Missouri

    R. E. Young
  • Mitch and me went into the kitchen; but just to call and say "howdy" to Susie and the cook.

    Mitch Miller Edgar Lee Masters
British Dictionary definitions for howdy


sentence substitute
(mainly US) an informal word for hello
Word Origin
C16: from the phrase how d'ye do
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for howdy

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for howdy



An exclamation upon greeting: Howdy, pardner, what's up?

[1843+; fr how do you do]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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