- IPA: /haʊ/, X-SAMPA: /haU/
- Rhymes: -aʊ
- To what degree .
- In what manner .
- Used as a modifier to indicate surprise, delight, or other strong feelings .
- 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" .
- In which way; in such way .
- That, the fact that, the way that.
- 2010 April 24, Jesse McKinley, “Don’t Call It ‘Pot’ in This Circle; It’s a Profession”, in The New York Times, page A1:
- who, WHO
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 .
From a Siouan language, compare Lakota háu .
From Old Norse haugr .
Definition of how by GCIDE Dictionary
- How adv. [OE. how, hou, hu, hwu, AS. h, from the same root as hwā, hwæt, who, what, pron. interrog.; akin to OS. hwōw, D. hoe, cf. G. wie how, Goth. hwē wherewith, hwaiwa how. √182. See Who, and cf. Why.]
1. In what manner or way; by what means or process.
How can a man be born when he is old? John iii. 4.
2. To what degree or extent, number or amount; in what proportion; by what measure or quality.
O, how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Ps. cxix. 97.
By how much they would diminish the present extent of the sea, so much they would impair the fertility, and fountains, and rivers of the earth. Bentley.
3. For what reason; from what cause.
How now, my love! why is your cheek so pale? Shak.
4. In what state, condition, or plight.
How, and with what reproach, shall I return? Dryden.
5. By what name, designation, or title.
How art thou called? Shak.
6. At what price; how dear. [Obs.]
How a score of ewes now? Shak.
☞ How is used in each sense, interrogatively, interjectionally, and relatively; it is also often employed to emphasize an interrogation or exclamation. “How are the mighty fallen!” 2 Sam. i. 27. Sometimes, also, it is used as a noun; -- as, the how, the when, the wherefore. Shelley.
Let me beg you -- don't say “How?” for “What?” Holmes.