howdy

interjection
how·​dy | \ ˈhau̇-dē How to pronounce howdy (audio) \

Definition of howdy

used to express greeting

Other Words from howdy

howdy verb

Examples of howdy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And, boy howdy, was there ever plenty of giving going on. Chris Coplan, The Arizona Republic, 18 Oct. 2021 Boy howdy, this Gibbs-Parker relationship isn't getting easier. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 5 Oct. 2021 So, howdy. Thank you, Connecticut College, for this great honor and the class to 2017 for allowing me to join in this beautiful celebration. Time Staff, Time, 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of howdy

1712, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for howdy

alteration of how do ye

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28 Oct 2021

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“Howdy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/howdy. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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howdy

interjection

English Language Learners Definition of howdy

used as an informal greeting

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