Informal, Dial. hello
Origin of howdycontr. of how do you do? (see phrase at how)
Used to express a greeting.
Origin of howdyFrom how do ye, how do you do.
- An informal greeting.
- Howdy folks, and welcome to our ninth annual chili cookoff!
- (Scotland) A wife, a midwife.
Shortened form of "how d'ye do" (i.e. how do you do) or less commonly "How do you fare?"