how

1
[ hou ]
/ haʊ /

adverb

conjunction

noun

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Idioms for how

Origin of how

1
before 900; Middle English how, hu, Old English hū; cognate with Old Frisian hū, ho, Dutch hoe; akin to German wie (Old High German hweo), Gothic hwaiwa

Definition for hows (2 of 3)

how3
[ hou ]
/ haʊ /

noun, adjective Scot. and North England.

Definition for hows (3 of 3)

howe

or how

[ hou ]
/ haʊ /
Scot. and North England

noun

a hole.
the hold of a ship.
a hollow; dell.

adjective

Origin of howe

1325–75; Middle English (north and Scots), alteration of holl; see hollow
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Example sentences from the Web for hows

British Dictionary definitions for hows (1 of 4)

howe
/ (haʊ) /

noun

Scot and Northern English dialect a depression in the earth's surface, such as a basin or valley

Word Origin for howe

C16: from hole

British Dictionary definitions for hows (2 of 4)

Howe
/ (haʊ) /

noun

Elias. 1819–67, US inventor of the sewing machine (1846)
Gordon, known as Gordie . born 1928, US ice-hockey player, who scored1071 goals in a professional career lasting 32 years.
Howe of Aberavon, Baron, title of (Richard Edward) Geoffrey Howe . born 1926, British Conservative politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer (1979–83); foreign secretary (1983–89); deputy prime minister (1989–90)
Richard, 4th Viscount Howe. 1726–99, British admiral: served (1776–78) in the War of American Independence and commanded the Channel fleet against France, winning the Battle of the Glorious First of June (1794)
his brother, William, 5th Viscount Howe. 1729–1814, British general; commander in chief (1776–78) of British forces in the War of American Independence

British Dictionary definitions for hows (3 of 4)

how1
/ (haʊ) /

adverb

noun

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 hows (4 of 4)

how2
/ (haʊ) /

sentence substitute

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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Idioms and Phrases with hows

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