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howe

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[hou]Scot. and North England
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noun
  1. a hole.
  2. the hold of a ship.
  3. a hollow; dell.
adjective
  1. hollow.
  2. deep.

Origin of howe

1325–75; Middle English (north and Scots), alteration of holl; see hollow

how3

[hou]
noun, adjective Scot. and North England.
  1. howe.
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Examples from the Web for hower

Historical Examples

  • I conjure you by that which you profess, hower you come to know it.

    The True History of Tom and Jerry

    Charles Hindley

  • After the meeting, delegates from all over the state said, "Hower you, Brother Babbitt?"

    Babbitt

    Sinclair Lewis

  • Foorth that braue King couragious Henry goes, An hower before that it was fully light.

  • Yet know you yt all that I have power to doe hear, shall not be one hower behind, I warent you.

  • For my drawinge I take an hower in the afternowne, and my French at night before supper.


British Dictionary definitions for hower

howe

noun
  1. Scot and Northern English dialect a depression in the earth's surface, such as a basin or valley

Word Origin

C16: from hole

Howe

noun
  1. Elias. 1819–67, US inventor of the sewing machine (1846)
  2. Gordon, known as Gordie . born 1928, US ice-hockey player, who scored1071 goals in a professional career lasting 32 years.
  3. Howe of Aberavon, Baron, title of (Richard Edward) Geoffrey Howe . born 1926, British Conservative politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer (1979–83); foreign secretary (1983–89); deputy prime minister (1989–90)
  4. Richard, 4th Viscount Howe. 1726–99, British admiral: served (1776–78) in the War of American Independence and commanded the Channel fleet against France, winning the Battle of the Glorious First of June (1794)
  5. his brother, William, 5th Viscount Howe. 1729–1814, British general; commander in chief (1776–78) of British forces in the War of American Independence

how1

adverb
  1. in what way? in what manner? by what means?: how did it happen? Also used in indirect questions: tell me how he did it
  2. to what extent?how tall is he?
  3. how good? how well? what…like?how did she sing?; how was the holiday?
  4. how about? used to suggest somethinghow about asking her?; how about a cup of tea?
  5. how are you? what is your state of health?
  6. how come? informal what is the reason (that)?how come you told him?
  7. how's that for…?
    1. is this satisfactory as regards…?how's that for size?
    2. an exclamation used to draw attention to a quality, deed, etchow is that for endurance?
  8. how's that?
    1. what is your opinion?
    2. cricket(an appeal to the umpire) is the batsman out?Also written: howzat (haʊˈzæt)
  9. how now? or how so? archaic what is the meaning of this?
  10. Also: as how not standard thathe told me as how the shop was closed
  11. in whatever waydo it how you wish
  12. used in exclamations to emphasize extenthow happy I was!
  13. and how! (intensifier) very much so!
  14. here's how! (as a toast) good health!
noun
  1. the way a thing is donethe how of it

Word Origin

Old English hu; related to Old Frisian hū, Old High German hweo

how2

sentence substitute
  1. a greeting supposed to be or have been used by American Indians and often used humorously

Word Origin

C19: of Siouan origin; related to Dakota háo
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Word Origin and History for hower

how

adv.

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.

how

interj.

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with hower

how

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