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howdy

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[ hou-dee ]
/ ˈhaʊ di /
Informal.
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noun, interjection plural how·dies,
hello; how do you do (used as an expression of greeting).
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Origin of howdy

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First recorded in 1820–30; from the phrase how do ye?

Other definitions for howdy (2 of 2)

howdy2
[ hou-dee ]
/ ˈhaʊ di /

noun, plural how·dies.Scot. and North England Slang.
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British Dictionary definitions for howdy

howdy
/ (ˈhaʊdɪ) /

sentence substitute
mainly US an informal word for hello

Word Origin for howdy

C16: from the phrase how d'ye do
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