Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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