English [ edit ]
Pronunciation [ edit ]
Interjection [ edit ]
( idiomatic ) Expresses strong
support or agreement.
2005, Mark Alan Norris, Everything and Then Some, , page 140: ISBN 1413488978
Boy howdy. There was indeed no rest for the wicked.
2010, Joe Barfield, Formula 2000, the Dream, : ISBN 1458191281
I greeted Shannon's request enthusiastically, " Boy, howdy!"
2013, Honor James, The Rogue Hunter's Mate, , page 60: ISBN 1622425510
"Talk to me, Zaidu. What do you mean?" she asked quietly. "I'm more than a little confused here. I know what's happening in my life." Boy howdy, did she!
2014, Steven Gould, Exo: A Jumper Novel, : ISBN 146682848X
“ Boy howdy, are you ever. You're on number four but there's no Doppler shift!"
( idiomatic ) Expresses
1918 October 26, Pattullo, George, “Places of Dreadful Night”, in George Horace Lorimer, editor, The Saturday Evening Post, volume 191, number 17, Philadelphia: Curtis Publishing Company, , ISSN 0048-9239 page 15:
" Boy, howdy! Where do you get that stuff, you rummy?"
1992, Hugh Ruppersburg, Georgia Voices: Fiction, , page 460: ISBN 0820314331
Boy howdy, boy howdy, boy howdy! I was buried alive in noise, and the heat and cinders stung my neck and legs and the bottoms of my feet.
2002, Carole Marsh, Heroes & Helpers, , page 43: ISBN 063501078X
Boy, howdy, is it cold! This is not Paris, as in "gay Paree," in France.
2004, Will Hancok, All 'Bout Me, an Arkansas Tail, , page 171: ISBN 158961268X
l saw her just a standin' there with her little blue suitcase and l said, ' Boy howdy, would l like to crawl into her pants!'
2007, Olive Ann Burns, Cold Sassy Tree, , page 77: ISBN 0547416121
If there wasn't a dragging brake beam to rip me down the back, I was go'n make it! Boy howdy, I did some fancy praying.
Usage notes [ edit ]
Sometimes used sarcastically to express the opposite.