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howdy1

[hou-dee] /ˈhaʊ di/ Informal.
noun, plural howdies, interjection
1.
hello; how do you do (used as an expression of greeting).
Origin of howdy1
1820-1830
1820-30; from the phrase how do ye?

howdy2

[hou-dee] /ˈhaʊ di/
noun, plural howdies. Scot. and North England Slang.
1.
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  • howdy everybody,” he said jauntily, and Nancy rose with pleasant greeting for him.

    The Boy from Hollow Hut Isla May Mullins
  • howdy,” he retorted, with as much amiability as it was possible for him to display.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • Cain't yo' say 'howdy' to Mr. Sinclair's darter—an' her a-payin' yo' good money fer rent an' fer team hire.

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • And he's about the only commercial traveler I would ever say howdy to at those times.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • "Say 'howdy' to the gentymuns, Mitchy-Mitch," she urged sweetly, turning him to face Penrod.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • "howdy, pards," he said, with an assumption of the cowboy manner.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
  • "howdy, Mr. Mark," the visiting neighbor answered in response to his forcedly cordial greeting.

    Rose of Old Harpeth Maria Thompson Daviess
  • howdy, Charlie,” he said, without displaying the least concern.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • "howdy, Mr. Brice," said Mr. Hopper, his glance caught by the indefinable in Stephen's costume.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for howdy

howdy

/ˈhaʊdɪ/
sentence substitute
1.
(mainly US) an informal word for hello
Word Origin
C16: from the phrase how d'ye do
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Word Origin and History for howdy

1837, earlier how de (1828), first recorded in Southern U.S. dialect, contraction of how do you do (1630s), phrase inquiring after someone's health; earlier how do ye (1560s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for howdy

howdy

interjection

An exclamation upon greeting: Howdy, pardner, what's up?

[1843+; fr how do you do]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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