any·​ways | \-ˌwāz \

Definition of anyways 

1 US, informal : anyhow, anyway

2a archaic : anywise

b dialect : to any degree at all

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Examples of anyways in a Sentence

Who does that guy think he is anyways? You're late. Anyways, at least you showed up.

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Congress did not approve the strike in 2013, though a year later, Obama went ahead and bombed Syria anyways in a military campaign against ISIS. Scott Wartman,, "Here's how different the local GOP reaction was to Obama's plan to strike Syria after chemical weapons were used," 18 Apr. 2018 Cohn had urged the president against imposing steep tariffs on steel and aluminum, which Mr. Trump announced last week anyways. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Gary Cohn resigning from White House post," 6 Mar. 2018 And unlike minor league baseball, minor league soccer is structured in such a way that teams get to be play against MLS teams and big time European clubs anyways which is kinda cool because being an underdog can be really fun. Jason Buelterman,, "Guest TML: Could Mick's Mojo or Mack's Men bring Cincinnati a title this year?," 9 Feb. 2018 And anyways, Atom and Humber will be the true losses for the Emirates faithful..., "One Out, Two In: Why Aubameyang & Mkhitaryan Will Ease the Blow of Arsenal Losing Alexis Sanchez," 8 Feb. 2018 In other words, society is heading towards a digital currency world anyways, so the Fed might as well get going with Fed Coin sooner than later. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "5 Reasons the Fed Needs a Bitcoin-Style Currency," 26 Dec. 2017 Hugh Jackman revealed that his surgeon advised against him singing in his latest film The Greatest Showman — but the actor did it anyways. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Hugh Jackman's Doctor Told Him Not to Sing in The Greatest Showman -- but He Did It Anyway," 19 Dec. 2017 Elliott wasn’t charged by the Columbus City Attorney’s Office, but the NFL saw fit to suspend him for six games anyways. Ryan Wooden, ajc, "NFL makes very hypocritical statement on Browns owner Jimmy Haslam," 12 Dec. 2017 But Washington let the tower get away with it anyways, the indictment states. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's ex-deputy police chief indicted in towing scandal," 11 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of anyways

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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