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


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anyways (not comparable)

  1. (rare) In any way or respect, at all.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970, partition II, section 2, member 6, subsection ii:
      it behoves them [] to remove all objects, causes, companies, occasions, as may anyways molest him […].
    • 1851, Church Wardens of Burlington, “The Church Wardens &c. of Burlington to the Honourable Society. Burlington, 28th, 1715”, in Collections of the Protestant Episcopal Historical Society, volume 1, OCLC 7847099, page 76:
      ...we are bound to assert that we never heard either in his public discourses or private conversation, anything that might tend towards encouraging sedition, or anyways insolencing the government
  2. (conjunctive, informal, chiefly Canada, US) Anyway, anyhow, in any case.