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.
so / soʊ /
ETYM Old Eng. so, sa, swa, as. swâ.
(Homonym: sew, sol, sow).
1. (Intensifier) To a very great extent or degree.
2. (Usually followed by 'that') To an extent or degree as expressed.
3. In order that.
4. In such a condition or manner, especially as expressed or implied.
5. In they same way; also.
6. To a certain unspecified extent or degree.
7. To a very great extend or degree.
8. In a manner that facilitates.
9. In such a condition or manner, especially as expressed or implied.
10. In the way indicated.
11. (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or as a result.
what / hwʌt /
1 — used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter (2) — often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood
2. (1) archaic; who 1 — used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity of a person (2) — used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the character, nature, occupation, position, or role of a person
3 — used as an exclamation expressing surprise or excitement and frequently introducing a question
4 — used in expressions directing attention to a statement that the speaker is about to make
5 (1) — used at the end of a question to express inquiry about additional possibilities (2) — used with or at the end of a question usually in expectation of agreement
6 chiefly British — used at the end of an utterance as a form of tag question