What word or phrase does your mother always say?


[en-ee-hou] /ˈɛn iˌhaʊ/
in any way whatever.
in any case; at all events.
in a careless manner; haphazardly.
Origin of anyhow
1730-40; any + how Unabridged
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  • anyhow, let me empty yesterday's champagne out of the poor piano, and cautiously try a few notes.
  • anyhow now my husband wants to get rid of one and fix the others problem.
  • anyhow, the one does not necessarily exclude the other.
  • The work you do at night you always will have to do over again in the daytime anyhow.
  • There was nothing in it for them, as they sometimes pointed out to me, nothing anyhow that they wanted.
  • The words float out and the oppressor doesn't hear them anyhow.
  • He feels that the blower manufacturers are dishonest in their statements and that the blowers don't work anyhow.
  • anyhow, serious countries do not have national medleys.
  • anyhow, lots of fun to be had coming to a future near you.
  • anyhow, that doesn't seem such an outlandish price in a world where good red meat is worth its weight in ration books.
British Dictionary definitions for anyhow


in any case; at any rate
in any manner or by any means whatever
in a haphazard manner; carelessly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for anyhow

1740, from any + how (adv.). Unlike the cases of most other any + (interrogative) compounds, there is no record of it in Old or Middle English. Emphatic form any old how is recorded from 1900, American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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