any·​how | \-ˌhau̇ \

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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anyway, anyways [chiefly dialect], regardless, whatever

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Examples of anyhow in a Sentence

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?

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But there’s a lot more going on, too, in a tale about women who know the world is stacked against them and decide to fight back against it anyhow. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "8 movies out this month that are looking for Oscar season glory," 1 Nov. 2018 That was the story I was told, anyhow — that somebody forgot to call somebody. Kelly Conaboy, The Cut, "Being a Male Jerk in the Sex and the City Pilot: An Oral History," 7 June 2018 During the same week Lime bike, which was negotiating with the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, to put its all-electric push scooters on city streets, decided talk was cheap and set them out across town for consumers to use anyhow, overnight. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Technology Week," 19 May 2018 But sometimes one emerges anyhow, brought on by some combination of the festival programmers’ interests and what’s going on in the world. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "This year’s Cannes Film Festival was a plea against complacency," 18 May 2018 Minimalist and icy, Arctic captures the utter indifference of wild nature to human existence — and the will of some humans to keep on existing anyhow. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "It’s Mads Mikkelsen versus the arctic wilderness in first-time director Joe Penna’s arthouse survival film.," 11 May 2018 The fact that the Border Patrol hauled it away anyhow spoke mostly of the power that an artistic symbol can have. Christopher Knight,, "'Border Door' provided a poetic welcome to immigrants 30 years ago. An art show brings back its message," 4 May 2018 And anyhow, at the time the gift was given, there was very little reason for Pinchuk to believe that Trump would actually win the GOP nomination and then the presidency. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Mueller Scrutinizing Ukrainian Magnate’s $150,000 Donation to Trump Foundation," 10 Apr. 2018 At the time, officials emphasized none of the human remains had shown signs of trauma – but given the macabre nature of the findings, speculation ran rampant anyhow. Author: Amy B Wang, Anchorage Daily News, "A 14th human foot – this one in a hiking boot – washes ashore in Canada," 14 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of anyhow

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


any·​how | \ˈe-nē-ˌhau̇ \

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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