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.

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

Contemporary Examples of however

Historical Examples of however

  • On this day, however, Philothea's mind was less serene than usual.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • It seemed, however, that he had merely been thinking intently.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • However, he was regularly engaged, and it was of no use for me to say anything against him.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • That, however, is neither here nor there: but it got within two blocks of there at 11.25.

  • It was Aldonza, however, who specially touched her feelings.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

British Dictionary definitions for however


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