in any way whatever.
in any case; at all events.
in a careless manner; haphazardly.

1730–40; any + how Unabridged
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anyhow (ˈɛnɪˌhaʊ)
1.  in any case; at any rate
2.  in any manner or by any means whatever
3.  in a haphazard manner; carelessly

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Word Origin & History

1740, from any + how. Unlike most other 'any- + (interrogative) compounds, no record of it in O.E. or M.E. Expression any old how is recorded from 1924.
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Example sentences
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 words float out and the oppressor doesn't hear them anyhow.
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