howdy

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Shortened form of "how d'ye do" (i.e. how do you do) or less commonly "how do you fare?".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈhaʊdi/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aʊdi

Interjection[edit]

howdy

  1. (informal) An informal greeting.
    Howdy folks, and welcome to our ninth annual chili cookoff!

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

howdy (plural howdies)

  1. (Scotland) A wife, a midwife.

Verb[edit]

howdy (third-person singular simple present howdies, present participle howdying, simple past and past participle howdied)

  1. (transitive) To greet informally, especially by saying "howdy"
    • 2016, Brynn Bonner, Dead in a Flash (page 249)
      I stood up for the kid and it got ugly, with accusations being thrown in both directions. So the sheriff and I weren't exactly on howdying terms when that fire happened.