Chris takes Regan to see a psychiatrist, where she refers to the demon as Captain howdy, who controls Regan's actions.
“howdy everybody,” he said jauntily, and Nancy rose with pleasant greeting for him.
“howdy, Charlie,” he said, without displaying the least concern.
Cain't yo' say 'howdy' to Mr. Sinclair's darter—an' her a-payin' yo' good money fer rent an' fer team hire.
"howdy, Marster," she said, as if uncertain whether to stop or to pass on into the doorway.
"Say 'howdy' to the gentymuns, Mitchy-Mitch," she urged sweetly, turning him to face Penrod.
A man came out on the hotel porch, said "howdy," and waited.
"howdy, Mr. Mark," the visiting neighbor answered in response to his forcedly cordial greeting.
Mitch and me went into the kitchen; but just to call and say "howdy" to Susie and the cook.
"howdy, Mr. Brice," said Mr. Hopper, his glance caught by the indefinable in Stephen's costume.
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).
An exclamation upon greeting: Howdy, pardner, what's up?
[1843+; fr how do you do]