any·​how | \ ˈe-nē-ˌhau̇ How to pronounce anyhow (audio) \

Definition of anyhow

1a : in any manner whatever
b : in a haphazard manner
2a : at any rate
b : in any event

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It's OK if we don't go to the movie. I'm not that interested in seeing it anyhow. What exactly did she mean by that anyhow?
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, the burden falls unfairly on places like Harper’s, which, quite frankly, shouldn’t have to go through this many hoops just to serve customers who can ignore the guidelines anyhow. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Young people, bars and the coronavirus. What did we expect?," 28 June 2020 Bob’s usually closes for the July 4 holiday anyhow; Sambol says it’s the slowest week of the year. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Dallas restaurants like Bob’s Steak temporarily close, saying ‘employees are nervous’ about coronavirus spike," 24 June 2020 Since the work-from-home revolution took hold, there’s nobody in those glass buildings to protest anyhow. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "From beekeepers to giant pension funds, activist shareholders are being silenced by the coronavirus," 6 June 2020 The restrictions seem liberating in a way, to me anyhow. Andy Hoglund,, "Saturday Night Live recap: Kristen Wiig hosts at-home season finale," 26 Apr. 2020 Hospitals and health care workers have been wary of KN95 masks, but because of the shortage of official N95 masks, many have ended up with them anyhow. Jack Nicas, New York Times, "F.D.A. Bans Faulty Masks, 3 Weeks After Failed Tests," 7 May 2020 Salaryman After Texas Monthly named Bishop Arts’ Salaryman one of 2020’s best new restaurants in the state, getting a seat inside the four-table restaurant was going to be nearly impossible anyhow. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "Make ramen, pizza, sushi and sourdough with fun meal kits from Dallas restaurants," 1 May 2020 Most liberals don’t have strong feelings about how the economy ultimately ought to be structured and why—capitalism seems mostly fine and difficult to rework anyhow, so some patches and tweaks here and there ought to do. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "It’s Time to Build a Better Political Culture," 29 Apr. 2020 Nicki Collen, the head coach of the Atlanta Dream, said that with the team staff living all over the country, much of the work was done by teleconference, anyhow. Howard Megdal, New York Times, "W.N.B.A. Will Hold ‘Virtual’ Draft in April," 26 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of anyhow

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of anyhow was in 1678

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“Anyhow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of anyhow

chiefly British : in a way that is not organized or neat : in a careless way


any·​how | \ ˈe-nē-ˌhau̇ How to pronounce anyhow (audio) \

Kids Definition of anyhow

1 : in any way, manner, or order Why should I care about what he does anyhow?
2 : anyway sense 1 I don't agree, but anyhow it's her decision.

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