howdy

1 [hou-dee] Informal.
noun, plural howdies, interjection
hello; how do you do (used as an expression of greeting).

Origin:
1820–30; from the phrase how do ye?

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howdy

2 [hou-dee]
noun, plural howdies. Scot. and North England Slang.
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howdy (ˈhaʊdɪ)
 
sentence substitute
chiefly (US) an informal word for hello
 
[C16: from the phrase how d'ye do]

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howdy
1840, first recorded in Southern U.S. dialect, contraction of how do you do (1632), phrase inquiring after someone's health; earlier how do ye (1563).
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The burrowing owl has a number of nicknames including: billy owl, howdy owl, and ground owl.
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