[hou-dee] /ˈhaʊ di/ Informal.

noun, plural howdies, interjection
hello; how do you do (used as an expression of greeting).
[hou-dee] /ˈhaʊ di/
noun, plural howdies. Scot. and North England Slang.
sentence substitute
(mainly US) an informal word for hello

1837, earlier how de (1828), first recorded in Southern U.S. dialect, contraction of how do you do (1630s), phrase inquiring after someone’s health; earlier how do ye (1560s).


An exclamation upon greeting: Howdy, pardner, what’s up?

[1843+; fr how do you do]


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