Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In whatever way or manner; however: I'll cook it anyhow you like. They came anyhow they could—by boat, train, or plane.
  • adv. In a careless way; haphazardly: clothes stuffed anyhow into the suitcase.
  • adv. In any case; at least: I think they're asleep; anyhow, they're quiet.
  • adv. Nevertheless: It sounds crazy, but I believe it anyhow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In any way or manner whatever.
  • adv. In any case. Used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In any way or manner whatever; at any rate; in any event.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In any way or manner whatever; howsoever.
  • In any case; at any rate; at all events; however that may be; however: as, anyhow, he failed to appear; anyhow, I don't believe it can be done.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement
  • adv. in any way whatsoever

Etymologies

any +‎ how (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Meaning voting, which I take very seriously anyhow, is more important than ever, because we have something to say about our voting future, as well.

    Decisions, Decisions

  • He's not actually from the ancient, noble family d'Estaing, but he uses the name anyhow, and acts as though he were.

    Frenchness.

  • It would involve a long delay — perhaps a year and a half, perhaps longer, at the end of which period he might have to serve his prison term anyhow, and pending which he would certainly have to undergo incarceration for a time.

    The Financier

  • It would have been in French anyhow, a language in which I am hopeless.

    trinityboy Diary Entry

  • "How could they think they'd have a clear title anyhow?"

    Survivors

  • They couldn't get in anyhow but we voted for them.

    Commonwealth—The Strategy of the New Development

  • It would involve a long delay -- perhaps a year and a half, perhaps longer, at the end of which period he might have to serve his prison term anyhow, and pending which he would certainly have to undergo incarceration for a time.

    The Financier, a novel

  • "I am keeping my word anyhow," he said; "but I am only coming to tell you I got to go to Chicago."

    Abe and Mawruss Being Further Adventures of Potash and Perlmutter

  • He put his clothes in the portmanteau anyhow and crushed them firmly down.

    Happy Pollyooly The Rich Little Poor Girl

  • "Oh! sakes alive! why, the young ladies will be seen anyhow from the French window."

    The Palace Beautiful A Story for Girls

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