[ en-ee-wey ]
/ ˈɛn iˌweɪ /


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.

Origin of anyway

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

usage note for anyway

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for anyway

/ (ˈɛnɪˌweɪ) /


in any case; at any rate; nevertheless; anyhow
in a careless or haphazard manner
Usually any way . in any manner; by any means
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