in any case; anyhow; nonetheless; regardless: Whether you like it or not, I'm going anyway.
(used to continue or resume the thread of a story or account): Anyway, we finally found a plumber who could come right over.
Origin: 1150–1200;Middle Englishani wei. See any, way
Usage note The adverb anyway is spelled as one word: It was snowing hard, but we drove to the play anyway. The two-word phrase any way means “in any manner”: Finish the job any way you choose. If the words “in the” can be substituted for “any,” the two-word phrase is called for: Finish the job in the way you choose. If the substitution cannot be made, the spelling is anyway.