Pronunciation: (hou),[key] —adv. 1. in what way or manner; by what means?: How did the accident happen? 2. to what extent, degree, etc.?: How damaged is the car? 3. in what state or condition?: How are you? 4. for what reason; why?: How can you talk such nonsense? 5. to what effect; with what meaning?: How is one to interpret his action? 6. what?: How do you mean? If they don't have vanilla, how about chocolate? 7. (used as an intensifier): How seldom I go there! 8. by what title or name?: How does one address the president? 9. at what price: How are the new cars going, cheaper than last year's models? 10. by what amount or in what measure or quantity?: How do you sell these tomatoes? 11. in what form or shape?: How does the demon appear in the first act of the opera? How does the medication come? 12. and how!Informal.certainly! you bet!: Am I happy? And how! 13. Here's how,Informal.(used as a toast).
14. how come?Informal.how is it that? why?: How come you never visit us anymore? 15. how so? how does it happen to be so? why?: You haven't any desire to go? How so?
—conj. 1. the manner or way in which: He couldn't figure out how to solve the problem. 2. about the manner, condition, or way in which: I don't care how you leave your desk when you go. Be careful how you act. 3. in whatever manner or way; however: You can travel how you please. 4. Informal.that: He told us how he was honest and could be trusted.
—n. 1. a question concerning the way or manner in which something is done, achieved, etc.: a child's unending whys and hows. 2. a way or manner of doing something: to consider all the hows and wherefores. 3. a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter H.
Pronunciation: (hou),[key] —interj.Facetious. (used as a greeting in imitation of American Indian speech.)
Pronunciation: (hou),[key] —n., adj.Scot. and North Eng. howe.