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how

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[ hou ]
/ haʊ /
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adverb
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Idioms about how

Origin of how

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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

Other definitions for how (2 of 2)

how2
[ hou ]
/ haʊ /

interjection Facetious.
(used as a greeting in imitation of American Indian speech.)

Origin of how

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First recorded in 1810–20; of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for how (1 of 2)

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 how (2 of 2)

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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