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howdy

greeting salutation, originally a dialectal contraction of a phrase inquiring after someone's health, by 1720 as howdy'ee; c. 1600 as how dee, originally in servants' lines in old plays; a contraction of how do ye? (1560s), Huet dest þou? (mid-14c.). The form how dee do is attested from 1680s.

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Definitions of howdy from WordNet

howdy (n.)
an expression of greeting;
Synonyms: hello / hullo / hi / how-do-you-do
From wordnet.princeton.edu