[ hou-too ]
/ ˈhaʊˈtu /


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.

Nearby words

  1. how the land lies,
  2. how the wind blows,
  3. how's that,
  4. how's tricks?,
  5. how-do-you-do,
  6. howard,
  7. howard, catherine,
  8. howard, henry,
  9. howard, john,
  10. howard, john winston

Origin of how-to

First recorded in 1925–30

Related formshow-to·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for how-to



(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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