Definition of anyhow in US English:



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    another term for anyway
    • ‘I told him that nothing was wrong with it, and perhaps, sometimes he could vent his desires in this way, as he was already anyhow.’
    • ‘Not if the author has any say over the casting, anyhow.’
    • ‘There are things going on here that I'd rather not write about, not yet anyhow.’
    • ‘And probably they're too cynical to buy into much of what's set up for them anyhow.’
    • ‘I mean, what were you going to do with those pennies anyhow, besides stick them back in the couch cushions?’
    • ‘I think this list is if you are going to a shelter, but some of the stuff here is good to have anyhow.’
    • ‘Untangling the lies is good clean fun, but it takes a lot of energy, and the returns are diminishing now anyhow.’
    • ‘The Smiths went to an open house at the school anyhow, and left impressed.’
    • ‘That's not the only thing frustrating me, though it all comes down to politics in the end, anyhow.’
    • ‘I have a zit on my face that looks - to me, anyhow - like a weapon of mass destruction.’
    • ‘We're in a world where it's pretty immoral anyhow, and this just adds to it.’
    • ‘It doesn't actually make me feel more competent, but it's cool anyhow.’
    • ‘I'm sad that we're not friends; or perhaps I'm sad that I don't want to be her friend anyhow.’
    • ‘He's just being nice anyhow; the guy that plays for a hobby is nowhere near as good as the guy that played for a living.’
    • ‘Even though it's the way forward and so on, the way forward that still feels like twenty foot back, but anyhow.’
    • ‘I will never move my kids away from their grandparents; not at this age anyhow.’
    • ‘They were about three years old and in need of changing anyhow.’
    • ‘I think it was also discriminatory against those who do not own a sense of humor, but what are they doing here anyhow?’
    • ‘So anyhow, the radio alarm clock goes off at five sharp, and of course I can't find the button to turn it off.’
    • ‘What inconsiderate idiot designed this standard resume form, anyhow?’
    anyway, in any case, in any event, at any rate, at all events, no matter what, regardless
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  • 2In a careless or haphazard way.

    ‘two suitcases flung anyhow’
    • ‘My pictures are all scattered anyhow so it may take some time to accumulate them.’
    • ‘At the camp at Kokinia, outside Athens, 'lorries were being hurriedly packed, stores and equipment were flung about anyhow, officers' valises and suitcases were lying open with their contents scattered around as if the owners had made a hasty choice of their more valuable belongings at the last moment.’
    • ‘Colour seemed flung down anyhow, anywhere; every sort of colour, piled up in heaps.’
    • ‘From his vantage point, Kheda could clearly see a heap of quilts were tossed all anyhow on a narrow bed.’
    • ‘We didn't get any maid service the following day but that was fine with me because we had most of our belongings strewn around anyhow.’
    haphazardly, carelessly, heedlessly, negligently, in a muddle, in a disorganized manner
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