anyhow

adverb

any·​how ˈe-nē-ˌhau̇ How to pronounce anyhow (audio)
1
a
: in any manner whatever
b
: in a haphazard manner
2
a
: at any rate
b
: in any event

Example Sentences

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 Musk responded as all good businessmen do, bringing to mind the age-old phrase: The customer is always … complaining; charge them anyhow. Charlie Warzel, The Atlantic, 8 Nov. 2022 The initiative, if passed, would eliminate a requirement dating back to the late 1700s that election results had to be sealed with hot wax – which is no longer being done anyhow. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 8 Nov. 2022 Not that better lyrics would really redeem a horrible outlook, anyhow. Andy O'connor, SPIN, 14 Sep. 2022 Doesn’t believing the national rhetoric without asking questions take away freedom of thought, anyhow? Renata Cló, The Arizona Republic, 14 Sep. 2022 For the poor business managers who value people on physical traits rather than talent, their relationships with potential employees will be shallow anyhow and won’t endure, even if the cash became better with transparency. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Sep. 2022 He was headed there for his hourlong Monday morning workout anyhow. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Aug. 2022 And anyhow, Greece says, his deal was with an occupying force that didn’t represent the interests or will of the Greek people. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2022 For Bayern, who had previously defeated D.C. United 6-2 at Audi Field in Washington, the result would be secondary anyhow. Manuel Veth, Forbes, 24 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of anyhow was in 1678

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“Anyhow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anyhow. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

anyhow

adverb
any·​how ˈen-ē-ˌhau̇ How to pronounce anyhow (audio)
1
: in any way, manner, or order
2
: without regard to or in spite of other considerations : in any case

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