how

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Etymology 1[edit]

Middle English how, hou, hu, hwu, Old English , from Proto-Germanic *hwō, from the same root as hwæt (who, what). Akin to Old Saxon huo (Low German wo), , Dutch hoe, compare German wie (how). See who and compare why.

Adverb[edit]

how (not comparable)

  1. To what degree.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, The Celebrity:
      No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or otherwise his man would be there with a message to say that his master would shortly join me if I would kindly wait.
    How often do you practice?
  2. In what manner.
    • 2013 August 3, “Boundary problems”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8847: 
      Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too. [] But as a foundation for analysis it is highly subjective: it rests on difficult decisions about what counts as a territory, what counts as output and how to value it. Indeed, economists are still tweaking it.
    How do you solve this puzzle?   How else can we get this finished?
  3. Used as a modifier to indicate surprise, delight, or other strong feelings.
    How very interesting!   How wonderful it was to receive your invitation.
  4. In what state.
    How are you?
    How was your vacation?
Usage notes[edit]
  • See usage notes on else (adv).
  • How good is it? means "To what extent is it good?", whereas How is it good? means "In what manner is it good?". Likewise, I know how good it is means "I know the extent to which it is good", whereas I know how it is good means "I know the manner in which it is good".
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Noun[edit]

how (plural hows)

  1. The means by which something is accomplished.
    I am not interested in the why, but in the how.
    • 1924, Joseph Rickaby, Studies on God and His Creatures‎, p. 102:
      It is an a posteriori argument, evincing the fact, but not the how.

Conjunction[edit]

how

  1. In which way; in such way.
    I remember how to solve this puzzle.
  2. That, the fact that, the way that.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From a Siouan language, compare Lakota háu. Alternatively from Wyandot haau.

Interjection[edit]

how!

  1. A greeting, used in representations of Native American speech.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Old Norse haugr.

Noun[edit]

how (plural hows)

  1. (dialectal) An artificial barrow or tumulus.
  2. (dialectal) A small hill in northern England. (Usage preserved mainly in place names.)

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Abau[edit]

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how

  1. taro

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Adverb[edit]

how

  1. yes

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how

  1. here