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 Seems like solid value in exchange for a third-rounder and a goalie who's not your goalie of the future — and may have been leaving anyhow. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, 22 July 2021 Consider this: black clothes tend to hide sweat better than peppy pastels or light neutrals like grey or tan anyhow. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 12 July 2021 The whole ensemble just seems ecstatic about performing onstage again, anywhere and anyhow. Christopher Arnott,, 23 June 2021 The issue is that older workers are leaving the workforce in larger numbers and that COVID-19 has walloped a vital and much misunderstood (by politicians, anyhow) sector of the labor market: immigrants. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 22 June 2021 But, at least for now, the Walmart isn’t inconvenient, not least because a shopping trip is usually needed anyhow. Christine Condon,, 1 July 2021 The hospital wants to discharge her, finding nothing wrong, and, at her age, what can be done anyhow? Virginia Chang, Scientific American, 19 June 2021 Mouse One and Mouse Two were anyhow at war, vying for head librarian. Cynthia Ozick, The New Yorker, 14 June 2021 By this point in the cycle, Ellis was emphasizing continuity above roster formation, something that will be in shorter supply anyhow, given the unique nature of the past year-plus. Howard Megdal, Forbes, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of anyhow

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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26 Jul 2021

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“Anyhow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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?

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