“Howdy,” he retorted, with as much amiability as it was possible for him to display.
"We wanted to be the fust to say howdy, old man," explained Asaph.
And he's about the only commercial traveler I would ever say howdy to at those times.
“Howdy,” he civilly replied to a friendly greeting from Mr. Howell.
"Howdy, pards," he said, with an assumption of the cowboy manner.