As lead counsel, Cuccinelli fielded questions about the legal whys and hows of the suit.
hows'ever, sir, being what I am, I merely scorn such expressions.
"It's all you knows about it," thinks I; hows'ever, I said there wasn't a doubt on it.
Well, he demanded boisterously, hows Little Chestnut makin out?
When the band had arrived at the house the Indians dismounted, and after a series of "hows?"
hows this, and Jack quickly printed on a piece of paper the name now glinting on either bow of the craft.
First and foremost, Fagey, said the housebreaker, hows Bill?
In Lyncolneshyr, fast by the fene, Ther stant an hows, and you yt ken.
Come on, Jinny, dear; hows your mother, this sudden cold snap?
hows'ever, he hadn't much time to puzzle about this, for lo and behold!
Old English hu, from West Germanic *hwo- (cf. Old Saxon hwo, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch hu. Dutch hoe, German wie, Gothic hvaiwa "how"), from common PIE interrogative pronomial stem *kwo- (see who). How come? for "why?" is recorded from 1848. And how! emphatic, first recorded 1865. The formulation was common in book and article titles by then, e.g. The National Debt, and How to Pay It), but Pennsylvania writer Bayard Taylor, in whom it is first recorded, seems to regard it as a German or German-American expression.
Native American greeting, Siouxan (cf. Dakota hao, Omaha hau); first recorded 1817 in English, but noted early 17c. by French missionary Jean de Brebeuf among Hurons as an expression of approval (1636).