from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- interj. Used to express a greeting.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- interj. An informal greeting.
- n. A wife, a midwife.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A midwife.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A contraction of how do you (do)?—a colloquial greeting, now almost peculiar to the southern and western United States, the fuller form howdy do? being used elsewhere: also used as a noun for a greeting with this phrase.
- n. See howdie.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an expression of greeting
From how do ye, how do you do.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortened form of "how d'ye do" (i.e. how do you do) or less commonly "How do you fare?" (Wiktionary)