After the meeting, delegates from all over the state said, "hower you, Brother Babbitt?"
I conjure you by that which you profess, hower you come to know it.
A little past halfe an hower after was born his twin brother John, who died anno aetatis 19º.
Foorth that braue King couragious Henry goes, An hower before that it was fully light.
For my drawinge I take an hower in the afternowne, and my French at night before supper.
Yet know you yt all that I have power to doe hear, shall not be one hower behind, I warent you.
A China shewmaker died on a sudden, being well not halfe an hower before.
Dr. Isaac Barrow had the exact day and hower of his father, which may be found amongst his papers.
About midnight or sowne after was an exceeding greate earthquake, which endured halfe a quarter of an hower.
An astrologer would give something to know that day and hower.
Old English hu, from West Germanic *hwo- (cf. Old Saxon hwo, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch hu. Dutch hoe, German wie, Gothic hvaiwa "how"), from common PIE interrogative pronomial stem *kwo- (see who). How come? for "why?" is recorded from 1848. And how! emphatic, first recorded 1865. The formulation was common in book and article titles by then, e.g. The National Debt, and How to Pay It), but Pennsylvania writer Bayard Taylor, in whom it is first recorded, seems to regard it as a German or German-American expression.
Native American greeting, Siouxan (cf. Dakota hao, Omaha hau); first recorded 1817 in English, but noted early 17c. by French missionary Jean de Brebeuf among Hurons as an expression of approval (1636).