how-to

[ hou-too ]
/ ˈhaʊˈtu /

adjective

giving or pertaining to basic instructions and directions to the layperson on the methods for doing or making something, especially as a hobby or for practical use: a how-to book on photography.

noun, plural how-tos.

a set of step-by-step instructions for accomplishing a certain task or reaching a certain objective: a how-to for fixing a leaky faucet.
the basic principles or approach for doing something: the how-to of investing in the stock market.

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Origin of how-to

First recorded in 1925–30

OTHER WORDS FROM how-to

how-to·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for how-to

how-to

adjective

(of a book or guide) giving basic instructions to the lay person on how to do or make something, esp as a hobby or for practical purposesa how-to book on carpentry
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