- hello; how do you do (used as an expression of greeting).
Origin of howdy1
Examples from the Web for howdy
Chris takes Regan to see a psychiatrist, where she refers to the demon as Captain Howdy, who controls Regan's actions.Imaginary Friends in Movies
May 5, 2011
“Howdy,” he retorted, with as much amiability as it was possible for him to display.The Law-Breakers
"We wanted to be the fust to say howdy, old man," explained Asaph.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
And he's about the only commercial traveler I would ever say howdy to at those times.Mixed Faces
“Howdy,” he civilly replied to a friendly greeting from Mr. Howell.The Boy Settlers
"Howdy, pards," he said, with an assumption of the cowboy manner.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit
Burt L. Standish
- mainly US an informal word for hello
Word Origin and History for 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).