[hou] Scot. and North England.
Also, how.

1325–75; Middle English (north and Scots), alteration of holl; see hollow Unabridged


3 [hou]
noun, adjective Scot. and North England. Unabridged
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how1 (haʊ)
1.  in what way? in what manner? by what means?: how did it happen? Also used in indirect questions: tell me how he did it
2.  to what extent?: how tall is he?
3.  how good? how well? what…like?: how did she sing?; how was the holiday?
4.  how about? used to suggest something: how about asking her?; how about a cup of tea?
5.  how are you? what is your state of health?
6.  informal how come? what is the reason (that)?: how come you told him?
7.  how's that for…?
 a.  is this satisfactory as regards…?: how's that for size?
 b.  an exclamation used to draw attention to a quality, deed, etc: how is that for endurance?
8.  how's that?
 a.  what is your opinion?
 b.  cricket Also written: howzat (an appeal to the umpire) is the batsman out?
9.  archaic how now?, how so? what is the meaning of this?
10.  not standard Also: as how that: he told me as how the shop was closed
11.  in whatever way: do it how you wish
12.  used in exclamations to emphasize extent: how happy I was!
13.  ( intensifier ) and how! very much so!
14.  here's how! (as a toast) good health!
15.  the way a thing is done: the how of it
[Old English hu; related to Old Frisian hū, Old High German hweo]

how2 (haʊ)
sentence substitute
a greeting supposed to be or have been used by American Indians and often used humorously
[C19: of Siouan origin; related to Dakota háo]

howe (haʊ)
dialect (Scot), (Northern English) a depression in the earth's surface, such as a basin or valley
[C16: from hole]

Howe (haʊ)
1.  Elias. 1819--67, US inventor of the sewing machine (1846)
2.  Gordon, known as Gordie. born 1928, US ice-hockey player, who scored a record 1071 goals in a professional career lasting 32 years.
3.  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)
4.  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)
5.  his brother, William, 5th Viscount Howe. 1729--1814, British general; commander in chief (1776--78) of British forces in the War of American Independence

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Word Origin & History

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).
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