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


[hou-dee] /ˈhaʊ di/
noun, plural howdies. Scot. and North England Slang.
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(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).

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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.
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