in what way? in what manner? by what means?: how did it happen? Also used in indirect questions: tell me how he did it
to what extent? how tall is he?
how good? how well? what…like? how did she sing?, how was the holiday?
how about?, used to suggest something how about asking her?, how about a cup of tea?
how are you?, what is your state of health?
(informal) how come?, what is the reason (that)? how come you told him?
how's that for…?
is this satisfactory as regards…? how's that for size?
an exclamation used to draw attention to a quality, deed, etc how is that for endurance?
what is your opinion?
(cricket) (an appeal to the umpire) is the batsman out? Also written howzat (haʊˈzæt)
(archaic) how now?, how so?, what is the meaning of this?
(not standard) Also as how. that he told me as how the shop was closed
in whatever way do it how you wish
used in exclamations to emphasize extent how happy I was!
(intensifier) and how!, very much so!
here's how!, (as a toast) good health!
the way a thing is done the how of it
Old English hu; related to Old Frisian hū, Old High German hweo
a greeting supposed to be or have been used by American Indians and often used humorously
C19: of Siouan origin; related to Dakota háo
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) a depression in the earth's surface, such as a basin or valley
C16: from hole
Elias. 1819–67, US inventor of the sewing machine (1846)
Gordon, known as Gordie. born 1928, US ice-hockey player, who scored1071 goals in a professional career lasting 32 years.
Howe of Aberavon, Baron, title of (Richard Edward) Geoffrey Howe. born 1926, British Conservative politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer (1979–83); foreign secretary (1983–89); deputy prime minister (1989–90)
Richard, 4th Viscount Howe. 1726–99, British admiral: served (1776–78) in the War of American Independence and commanded the Channel fleet against France, winning the Battle of the Glorious First of June (1794)
his brother, William, 5th Viscount Howe. 1729–1814, British general; commander in chief (1776–78) of British forces in the War of American Independence
O.E. hu, from W.Gmc. *khwo- (cf. O.S. hwo, O.Fris., M.Du. hu, Du. hoe, Ger. wie, Goth. hvaiwa "how"), from common PIE interrogative pronomial stem. However is M.E.; how come? for "why?" is recorded from 1848. And how! emphatic, first recorded 1865, said to be a Ger.-Amer. colloquialism.
Native American greeting, Siouxan (cf. Dakota hao, Omaha hau); first recorded 1817 in Eng, but noted early 17c. by Fr. missionary Jean de Brebeuf among Hurons as an expression of approval (1636).