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Used to express a greeting.

[From how do ye, how do you do.]




sentence substitute
chiefly US an informal word for hello
[C16: from the phrase how d'ye do]


(ˈhaʊ di)

interj., n., pl. -dies. Informal. interj.
1. (used as an expression of greeting.)
2. an act or instance of saying “howdy”; a hello.
[1820–30; from the phrase how do ye?]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.howdy - an expression of greetinghowdy - an expression of greeting; "every morning they exchanged polite hellos"
greeting, salutation - (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)


[ˈhaʊdɪ] EXCL (US) → ¡hola!


[ˈhaʊdi] excl (US)salut!


interj (US inf) → Tag (inf)


[ˈhaʊdɪ] excl (Am) → salve!
References in classic literature ?
Howdy, gentlemen, howdy," he remarked, ignoring the unnatural calm with which they greeted his entrance.
WE tramped along behind Jim and Lem till we come to the back stile where old Jim's cabin was that he was captivated in, the time we set him free, and here come the dogs piling around us to say howdy, and there was the lights of the house, too; so we warn't afeard any more, and was going to climb over, but Tom says:
Did Henny win the First Prize of the Whoopie Howdy Super Supreme Sled?
THESE schoolchildren were the first to say howdy to Stockton's most famous painting.
24, 1960, I sat on the living room floor and intently watched the final episode of Howdy Doody.
HOWDY Kate rocks a glamorous cowgirl look in Calgary
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HOWDY PARTNER: Arouna Kone (left) and Nikica Jelavic train in the USA Pictures by COLIN LANE
Howdy neighbor A person on Gliese 581g could see Earth's sun with the naked eye.
Bill Waiser, Portraits of an Era: The Aerial Photography of Howdy McPhail Calgary: Fifth House, 2009, 192 pages, ISBN 978-1897252581, $40.
Enter a book about pilot and photographer Howdy McPhail, who recorded large areas of Western Canada in the 1950s and 1960s, when aerial photography was in its heyday
Quil Est Beau, ridden by Tony McCoy, overcame a couple of none-too-fluent errors on his debut over fences to secure the 2m7f handicap chase at the expense of Howdy Cloud.