ETYM Old Eng. ei, ey.
A interjection used in asking a question or requesting confirmation.
Used to ask for confirmation or repetition or to express inquiry; used especially in Canadian English in anticipation of the listener's or reader's agreement.
1. To the same degree or amount
2. Tor instance
3. When considered in a specified form or relation — usually used before a preposition or a participle
ETYM Old Eng. how, hou, hu, hwu, AS. hue, from the same root as hwâ, hwaet, who, what, pron. interrog.; akin to OS. hwôw, Dutch hoe, cf. German wie how, Goth. hwę wherewith, hwaiwa how. Related to Who, Why.
1. In what way or manner or by what means; ('however' is used as an intensive of 'how' as in); SYN. however.
2. To what extent or amount or degree.
1. Equal in amount or value; SYN. equal, equivalent, same.
2. Resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination; SYN. similar.