anyway

[ en-ee-wey ]
/ ˈɛn iˌweɪ /

adverb

in any case; anyhow; nonetheless; regardless: Whether you like it or not, I'm going anyway.
(used to continue or resume the thread of a story or account): Anyway, we finally found a plumber who could come right over.

Nearby words

  1. anything but,
  2. anything goes,
  3. anything like,
  4. anythingarian,
  5. anytime,
  6. anyways,
  7. anywhere,
  8. anywheres,
  9. anywise,
  10. anz

Origin of anyway

First recorded in 1150–1200, anyway is from the Middle English word ani wei. See any, way1

Usage note

The adverb anyway is spelled as one word: It was snowing hard, but we drove to the play anyway. The two-word phrase any way means “in any manner”: Finish the job any way you choose. If the words “in the” can be substituted for “any,” the two-word phrase is called for: Finish the job in the way you choose. If the substitution cannot be made, the spelling is anyway.

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British Dictionary definitions for anyway

anyway

/ (ˈɛnɪˌweɪ) /

adverb

in any case; at any rate; nevertheless; anyhow
in a careless or haphazard manner
Usually any way . in any manner; by any means
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for anyway

anyway

adv.

1560s, any way "in any manner;" variant any ways (with adverbial genitive) attested from c.1560. One-word form predominated from 1830s. As an adverbial conjunction, from 1859. Middle English in this sense had ani-gates "in any way, somehow" (c.1400).

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