Etymology
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anyhow (adv.)

1740, "in any way or manner," from any + how (adv.). Unlike most other any + (interrogative) compounds, there is no record of it in Old or Middle English. Compare anyway (16c.). Also used as a conjunction, "in any case." Emphatic form any old how is recorded from 1900, American English.

updated on January 26, 2017

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Definitions of anyhow from WordNet

anyhow (adv.)
used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement; "I think they're asleep; anyhow, they're quiet"; "I don't know what happened to it; anyway, it's gone"; "I don't know how it started; in any case, there was a brief scuffle";
Synonyms: anyway / anyways / in any case / at any rate / in any event
anyhow (adv.)
in any way whatsoever;
they came anyhow they could
Synonyms: anyway
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