Definitions starting with H

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howdy

[Atlantic; cf. Krio adu short for "adukpε (Yoruba ditto) greeting on first encounter = Hello!" KED; "In Britain [howdy] became dial. or provincial in the 17th cent, but was preserved in America. In the 19th cent. it was often asso-ciated with negroes" DJE] a greeting; hello. (Gen.)

Tags: greeting

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Last update: 2010-10-24 21:50
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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