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  1. (archaic) however
    • 1911, James Otis, The Minute Boys of the Mohawk Valley[1]:
      There's one thing certain, howsomever, which is that jest now an hundred of our people could walk through the entire encampment without bein' called upon to spill a drop of blood."
    • 1894, Edward S. Ellis, Brave Tom[2]:
      The old woman is over to one of the neighbors', and there ain't no one home but me; howsomever, I'm equal to any two."
    • 1892, Ambrose Bierce, Black Beetles in Amber[3]:
      "I've come, howsomever, your mind to light With a more superior fire: You'll have naught hencefor'ard to do but write, While I sets by and inspire.
    • 1890, Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley), Samantha Among the Brethren, Complete[4]:
      But, howsomever, Cephas wuz took sick, Sally Ann wuzn't able to do anything for their support, S. Annie wuz took down with the typhus, and so it happened the very day the monument wuz brought to the Loontown cemetery, Cephas Bodley's folks wuz carried to the county house, S. Annie, the children and all.