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2 letters words from 'how'

HO 5OH 5
OW 5WO 5

All 3 letters words made out of how

how ohw hwo who owh woh

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Definitions and meaning of how


Alternative forms

  • 'ow


  • (Received Pronunciation, General American) enPR: hou, IPA(key): /haʊ/
  • (General New Zealand, General Australian) IPA(key): /hæŏ/
  • Rhymes: -aʊ

Etymology 1

From Middle English how, hou, hu, hwu, from Old English , from Proto-Germanic *hwō, from the same root as hwæt (who, what). /hw/ > /h/ due to wh-cluster reduction in Old English; compare who, which underwent this change later, and thus is spelt wh (Middle English spelling of /hw/) but pronounced /h/ (it previously had a different vowel, hence avoided the spelling and sound change in Old English). Vowel change per Great Vowel Shift.

Akin to Scots hoo, foo (how), Saterland Frisian wo (how), West Frisian hoe (how), Low German ho, wo, wu (how), Dutch hoe (how), German wie (how), Swedish hur (how). See who and compare why.


how (not comparable)

  1. To what degree.
    The gauge indicated how hot the oven was.
  2. In what manner.
    She showed him how to do it.
  3. In what state.
    How are you?
    How was your vacation?
    How the stock market interprets events has real consequences.
    • 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      How's the new apartment? — The new apartment is great!
  4. Used as a modifier to indicate surprise, delight, or other strong feelings in an exclamation.
Usage notes
  • See usage notes on else (adverb).
  • How good is it? means "To what extent is it good?", whereas How is it good? means "In what manner is it good?". Likewise, I know how good it is means "I know the extent to which it is good", whereas I know how it is good means "I know the manner in which it is good".
Derived terms


how (plural hows or how's)

  1. The means by which something is accomplished.
    I am not interested in the why, but in the how.



  1. The manner or way that.
    I remember how I solved this puzzle.
  2. That, the fact that, the way that.
    • 2010 April 24, Jesse McKinley, “Don’t Call It ‘Pot’ in This Circle; It’s a Profession”, in The New York Times, page A1:
      “There’s this real Al Capone fear that they’re going to get our guys, not on marijuana, but on something else,” Mr. Edson said, referring to how Capone was eventually charged with tax evasion rather than criminal activity.

Etymology 2

From Middle English howe, hough, hogh, partly from Old English hōh (promontory), and partly from Old Norse haugr (a how, mound). Compare Old French höe (hillock, hill), from the same Germanic source.


how (plural hows)

  1. (dialectal) An artificial barrow or tumulus.
  2. (dialectal) A small hill in northern England. (Usage preserved mainly in place names.)

Etymology 3

From a Siouan language; compare Lakota háu. Alternatively from Wyandot haau.

Alternative forms

  • howgh



  1. A greeting, used in representations of Native American speech.


  • how in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • “how” in Unabridged,, LLC, 1995–present.
  • how at OneLook Dictionary Search


  • W.H.O., WHO, Who, who



  • IPA(key): /hou/



  1. taro



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  1. yes


  • yamá

Lower Sorbian


  • IPA(key): /ɔw/, [ow]



  1. here

Further reading

  • how in Ernst Muka/Mucke (St. Petersburg and Prague 1911–28): Słownik dolnoserbskeje rěcy a jeje narěcow / Wörterbuch der nieder-wendischen Sprache und ihrer Dialekte. Reprinted 2008, Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag.
  • how in Manfred Starosta (1999): Dolnoserbsko-nimski słownik / Niedersorbisch-deutsches Wörterbuch. Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag.

  • a low hill.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)