anyhow


anyhow
adverb /'enihAU/
1 (sentence adverb) especially spoken used to say that someone does something or something happens in spite of something else: It was felt that the scandal would damage her reputation but the press reported it anyhow.
2 in a careless or untidy way: The cupboard would hardly close, with all the shoes thrown in anyhow. | any old how (=in a very careless way): The books were arranged any old how on the shelves.
3 (sentence adverb) especially spoken used to add information that limits what has been mentioned before, makes it seem less important etc: I've never been to a circus, not recently anyhow.
4 (sentence adverb) especially spoken
a) used when you want to return to the main subject of the conversation: So anyhow, as I was saying, when I arrived Tom was already there.
b) used when you have not included some details in a story and you are saying what the final result was: Anyhow, when the doctor came he said there was nothing wrong with me.
5 AmE spoken used to mean `anyway' in spoken American English: Martin's not feeling too well but he's going to come over anyhow. | Anyhow the car finally came out of the garage in a worse state than when it went it. | Anyhow, what difference does it make what I think? | Why are you calling anyhow?
-see also: anyway

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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