how-to

adjective
\ ˈhau̇-ˈtü How to pronounce how-to (audio) \

Definition of how-to

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: giving practical instruction and advice (as on a craft) how-to books on all sorts of hobbies— Harry Milt

how-to

noun

Definition of how-to (Entry 2 of 2)

: a practical method or instruction the how-tos of balancing a checkbook also : something (such as a book) that provides such instruction

First Known Use of how-to

Adjective

1926, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1954, in the meaning defined above

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“How-to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/how-to. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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