anyway (not comparable)
- (conjunctive) Regardless; anyhow. [from 19th c.]
- He didn't enjoy washing his car, but it was so dirty that he did it anyway.
- 2016, JoAnneh Nagler, How to be an artist without losing your mind, your shirt, or your creative compass, →ISBN, page 85:
- Raymond Carver had only moments late at night to write after grueling day jobs, tense relationships, putting kids to bed, and dealing with his own alcoholism. And he wrote anyway.
- Used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement. See anyhow and at least. [from 19th c.]
- I don't think that's true. I haven't found any evidence, anyway.
- 1962, Bob Dylan (lyrics and music), “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”, in The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Columbia Records:
- But I wish there were somethin’ you would do or say
To try and make me change my mind and stay
We never did too much talkin’ anyway
Don’t think twice, it’s all right.
- Used to indicate a change of subject.
- 2005, Jan Karon, These High, Green Hills:
- "I'll be ninety my next birthday, but Louella doesn't tell her age. Anyway, we're going to have you and Cynthia up for supper."
- Used at the end of a question for emphasis, or to direct the conversation to something of more broad importance (compare with more to the point).
- 1899, Jack London, “To the Man on the Trail”, in The Overland Monthly, page 36:
- “But I say, Kid, isn't that going it a little too strong? Whisky and alcohol's bad enough; but when it comes to brandy and pepper-sauce and—” ¶ “Dump it in. Who's making this punch, anyway?”
- 1990, Nightline:
- The name, Barry Frank, the name of the game when it comes to money these days, in every sport, is television revenue. How do they get enough money- let me back up a minute. How did the United States get the World Cup anyway? Of all the countries in the world, you'd think we'd be the last one to get it.
- (obsolete) In any way. [16th–19th c.]
- 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, →OCLC, partition II, section 2, member 5:
- He that sleeps in the day-time, or is in suspense, fear, anyway troubled in mind, or goes to bed upon a full stomach, may never hope for quiet rest in the night […].
- anywise, anyroad, any road up, any old way; see also Thesaurus:regardless
used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement
used to indicate change of subject
in any way
- Used to indicate a change of topic.
- hvorom alting er (slightly formal)