howdy

1
[ hou-dee ]
/ ˈhaʊ di /
Informal.

noun, plural how·dies, interjection

hello; how do you do (used as an expression of greeting).

Nearby words

  1. howard, sidney coe,
  2. howard, sir ebenezer,
  3. howbeit,
  4. howdah,
  5. howdie,
  6. howe,
  7. howe'er,
  8. howe, edgar watson,
  9. howe, elias,
  10. howe, gordie

Origin of howdy

1
First recorded in 1820–30; from the phrase how do ye?

howdy

2
[ 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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Word Origin and History for howdy

howdy

1837, earlier how de (1828), first recorded in Southern U.S. dialect, contraction of how do you do (1630s), phrase inquiring after someone's health; earlier how do ye (1560s).

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