[ hou-ev-er ]
/ haʊˈɛv ər /


nevertheless; yet; on the other hand; in spite of that: We have not yet won; however, we shall keep trying.
to whatever extent or degree; no matter how: However much you spend, I will reimburse you.
in whatever manner: We will allow you to travel however you please.
how; how under the circumstances: However did you manage?


in whatever way, manner, or state: Arrange your hours however you like.

Nearby words

  1. howel,
  2. howel dda,
  3. howell-jolly body,
  4. howells,
  5. howells, william dean,
  6. however much,
  7. howf,
  8. howff,
  9. howitzer,
  10. howk

Origin of however

First recorded in 1350–1400, however is from the Middle English word hou-ever. See how1, ever

Synonym study

1. See but1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for however

British Dictionary definitions for however


/ (haʊˈɛvə) /

sentence connector

still; nevertheless
on the other hand; yet


by whatever means; in whatever manner
(used with adjectives expressing or admitting of quantity or degree) no matter howhowever long it takes, finish it
an emphatic form of how 1 (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for however


late 14c., from how + ever.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper