anyways

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From any + adverbial genitive of way (compare always).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

anyways (not comparable)

  1. (rare) In any way.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.2.6.ii:
      it behoves them [...] to remove all objects, causes, companies, occasions, as may anyways molest him [...].
  2. (conjunctive, informal, chiefly North America) Anyway, anyhow, in any case.
    • 1865, Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friends, Chapman and Hall, accessible through Google Books
      "Anyways," said the damsel, "I am glad punishment, and I say so."