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howdy

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Pronunciation: /ˈhaʊdi
 
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Definition of howdy in English:

exclamation

North American
An informal friendly greeting, particularly associated with the western US states: howdy, stranger
More example sentences
  • But, the very best gift of all is knowing that I have a dear friend who took time to write and say howdy!
  • But if you are patient, the timeless things - a friendly wave, a seat and a howdy at the breakfast counter, the sounds of nothing much happening - can be yours.
  • On the way home, I was walking down 7th and happened to glance into a diner as I passed and spotted Erica from work, so I popped in to say howdy.

Origin

early 19th century: alteration of how d'ye.

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