An example of how is to ask in what manner a building was constructed.
- in what manner or way; by what means
- in what state or condition
- for what reason or purpose; why: how is it that you don't know?
- by what name
- with what meaning; to what effect
- to what extent, degree, amount, etc.
- at what price
- ⌂ Informal what: usually a request to repeat something said
Origin of howMiddle English hwu, hu ; from OE, akin to Old High German hweo (Ger wie), Gothic hwai-wa ; from Indo-European interrogative base an unverified form kwo-, an unverified form kwe- from source why, who, Classical Latin quo, Sanskrit k?
- the manner or way in which: show us how you did it
- the state or condition in which: ask him how he's been
- the extent, degree, amount, etc. to which: do you know how I despise you?
- in whatever manner or way: judge him how you will
- Informal that: he told us how he was happy about it
how about something?
how about that!
how do you do?
- what is the meaning of this?
- how else?
Origin of howprobably origin, originally from an exclamation in a Siouan language, as heard by missionaries or explorers
- In what manner or way; by what means: How does this machine work?
- In what state or condition: How is she today?
- To what extent, amount, or degree: How bad was it?
- For what reason or purpose; why: How is it that he left early?
- With what meaning: How should I take that remark?
- By what name: How is she called?
- By what measure; in what units: How do you sell this corn?
- What. Usually used in requesting that something be said again: How's that again?
- Used as an intensive: How we laughed!
- The manner or way in which: forgot how it was done.
- That: I told them how I had once been bitten by a snake.
- In whatever way or manner; however: Cook it how you please.
Origin of howMiddle English howe, from Old English h&umacron;; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.
- To what degree.
- How often do you practice?
- In what manner.
- How do you solve this puzzle? How else can we get this finished?
- Used as a modifier to indicate surprise, delight, or other strong feelings.
- How very interesting! How wonderful it was to receive your invitation.
- In what state.
- How are you?
- How was your vacation?
- See usage notes on else (adv).
- 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".
- The means by which something is accomplished.
- I am not interested in the why, but in the how.
- In which way; in such way.
- I remember how to solve this puzzle.
- That, the fact that, the way that.
Middle English how, hou, hu, hwu, Old English hū, from Proto-Germanic *hwō, from the same root as hwæt (“who, what”). Akin to Old Saxon huo (Low German wo), hū, Dutch hoe, compare German wie (“how”). See who and compare why.
- A greeting, used in representations of Native American speech.
From Old Norse haugr.