[ hou ]
/ haʊ /
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in what way or manner; by what means?: How did the accident happen?
to what extent, degree, etc.?: How damaged is the car?
in what state or condition?: How are you?
for what reason; why?: How can you talk such nonsense?
to what effect; with what meaning?: How is one to interpret his action?
what?: How do you mean? If they don't have vanilla, how about chocolate?
(used as an intensifier): How seldom I go there!
by what title or name?: How does one address the president?
at what price: How are the new cars going, cheaper than last year's models?
by what amount or in what measure or quantity?: How do you sell these tomatoes?
in what form or shape?: How does the demon appear in the first act of the opera? How does the medication come?
the manner or way in which: He couldn't figure out how to solve the problem.
about the manner, condition, or way in which: I don't care how you leave your desk when you go. Be careful how you act.
in whatever manner or way; however: You can travel how you please.
Informal. that: He told us how he was honest and could be trusted.
a question concerning the way or manner in which something is done, achieved, etc.: a child's unending whys and hows.
a way or manner of doing something: to consider all the hows and wherefores.
a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter H.
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Idioms about how
and how!Informal. certainly! you bet!: Am I happy? And how!
Here's how, Informal. (used as a toast).
how come?Informal. how is it that? why?: How come you never visit us anymore?
how so? how does it happen to be so? why?: You haven't any desire to go? How so?
Origin of how1
First recorded before 900; Middle English hou, ou, hu, Old English hū; cognate with Old Frisian hū, ho, Dutch hoe; akin to Old High German hweo, German wie, Gothic hwaiwa
Other definitions for how (2 of 2)
[ hou ]
/ haʊ /
interjection Facetious: Often Offensive.
(used as a greeting in imitation of American Indian speech.)
Origin of how2
First recorded in 1810–20; of uncertain origin
usage note for how
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How to use how in a sentence
As lead counsel, Cuccinelli fielded questions about the legal whys and hows of the suit.Unemployed Ken Cuccinelli Finds a Job With Rand Paul Suing Obama|Michelle Cottle|February 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unless they are going to have an August push in France they might at least have lent us forty-eight 4.5 hows.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
Hows'ever, none on 'em answered; so they gave out that he'd run away, and she kep' on the bis'ness.
It warn't much—execution for nine pound nothin', multiplied by five for costs; but hows'ever here he stopped for seventeen year.
Hows'ever, there is no use in looking out for the worst--we shall know all about it, when the ship gets in.Miles Wallingford|James Fenimore Cooper
The Boches put some big 'hows' and a couple of 'pip-squeak' batteries on to us just when we were replenishing.Servants of the Guns|Jeffery E. Jeffery
British Dictionary definitions for how (1 of 2)
/ (haʊ) /
in what way? in what manner? by what means?: how did it happen? Also used in indirect questions: tell me how he did it
to what extent?how tall is he?
how good? how well? what…like?how did she sing?; how was the holiday?
how about? used to suggest somethinghow about asking her?; how about a cup of tea?
how are you? what is your state of health?
how come? informal what is the reason (that)?how come you told him?
how's that for…?
- is this satisfactory as regards…?how's that for size?
- an exclamation used to draw attention to a quality, deed, etchow is that for endurance?
- what is your opinion?
- cricket (an appeal to the umpire) is the batsman out?Also written: howzat (haʊˈzæt)
how now? or how so? archaic what is the meaning of this?
Also: as how not standard thathe told me as how the shop was closed
in whatever waydo it how you wish
used in exclamations to emphasize extenthow happy I was!
and how! (intensifier) very much so!
here's how! (as a toast) good health!
the way a thing is donethe how of it
Word Origin for how
Old English hu; related to Old Frisian hū, Old High German hweo
British Dictionary definitions for how (2 of 2)
/ (haʊ) /
a greeting supposed to be or have been used by American Indians and often used humorously
Word Origin for how
C19: of Siouan origin; related to Dakota háo
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Other Idioms and Phrases with how
In addition to the idioms beginning with how
- how about
- how about that?
- how are you?
- how come?
- how does that grab you?
- how do you do?
- how goes it
- howling success
- how so?
- how the land lies
- how the wind blows
- and how
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