however vs still what difference

what is difference between however and still

English

Etymology

From Middle English however, how-ever, how-evere, equivalent to how +‎ ever. Compare also Middle English how-as-evere and howsoevere, how-so-evere (howsoever).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /hɑʊˈɛvə/
  • (US) enPR: houĕvʹər, IPA(key): /haʊˈɛvɚ/
  • (NYC) IPA(key): /hɑwɛvə/
  • Rhymes: -ɛvə(r)
  • Hyphenation: how‧ev‧er

Adverb

however (not comparable)

  1. Nevertheless; yet, still; in spite of (that).
    She wanted to go; however, she decided against it.
  2. (degree) To whatever degree or extent
  3. (manner) In whatever way or manner.
  4. An emphatic form of how.
    However were you able to do it?
  5. (obsolete) In any case, at any rate, at all events.
    • c. 1680, John Tillotson:
      Our chief end and highest interest is happiness : And this is happiness to be freed from all (if it may) [or] however from the greatest evils.

Synonyms

  • (nevertheless): nonetheless, notwithstanding, that said, still and all; see also Thesaurus:nevertheless
  • (to whatever degree): ad lib, howsoever, howso
  • (emphatic howin whatever manner): anyhow, howsoever, howso
  • (emphatic how): how + the dickens (see Thesaurus:the dickens)
  • (in any case): after all, anyway; see also Thesaurus:regardless

Translations

Conjunction

however

  1. In whatever way or manner.
    she offered to help however she could
  2. (proscribed) Although, though, but, yet.

Usage notes

  • Both conjunctive uses of “however” are identical to adverbial uses except in punctuation (when written) and in prosody (when spoken). Hence, the following proscribed sentence:
    is equivalent to the following accepted one:
    which can also be written in two sentences::
    they are functionally equivalent to:
    • He told me not to do it, but I did it.
  • In particular, when used as a conjunction in this sense, however always appears between the clauses it connects; it does not introduce a subordinate clause that can be moved to the start of an independent clause, but simply coordinates two independent clauses.

References

  • however in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • “however” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  • “however (degree)” in Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
  • “however (despite)” in Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
  • “however (way)” in Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
  • “however”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)
  • Random House Webster’s Unabridged Electronic Dictionary (1987-1996)

Anagrams

  • everwho, whoever


English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /stɪɫ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪl

Etymology 1

From Middle English stille (motionless, stationary), from Old English stille (still, quiet, calm; without motion, at rest, not moving from a place, not disturbed; moving little or gently; silent; not loud; secret; unchanging, undisturbed, stable, fixed; not vehement, gentle), from Proto-West Germanic *stillī (quiet, still), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)telH- (to be silent; to be still). Cognate with Scots stil (still), Saterland Frisian stil (motionless, calm, quiet), West Frisian stil (quiet, still), Dutch stil (quiet, silent, still), Low German still (quiet, still), German still (still, quiet, tranquil, silent), Swedish stilla (quiet, silent, peaceful), Icelandic stilltur (set, quiet, calm, still). Related to stall.

(noun: Falkland Islander): Military slang, short for still a Benny, since the military had been instructed not to refer to the islanders by the derogatory term Benny (which see).

Alternative forms

  • stil
  • stille, styll, stylle (obsolete)

Adjective

still (comparative stiller or more still, superlative stillest or most still)

  1. Not moving; calm.
  2. Not effervescing; not sparkling.
  3. Uttering no sound; silent.
    • c. 1711, Joseph Addison, How are thy Servants blest, O Lord!
      The sea that roared at thy command, / At thy command was still.
  4. (not comparable) Having the same stated quality continuously from a past time
  5. Comparatively quiet or silent; soft; gentle; low.
  6. (obsolete) Constant; continual.
Synonyms
  • (not moving): fixed, stationary, unmoving, static, inert, stagnant; see also Thesaurus:stationary or Thesaurus:immobile
  • (not effervescing): flat, uneffervescent; see also Thesaurus:noneffervescent
  • (uttering no sound): noiseless, soundless; see also Thesaurus:silent
  • (having the same stated quality):
  • (comparatively quiet): hushed, tranquil; see also Thesaurus:quiet
  • (constant, continual): incessant, ongoing, unremitting; see also Thesaurus:continuous
Derived terms
  • still life
  • stillness
  • unstill
Related terms
  • be still my heart
  • be still my beating heart
  • still waters run deep
Translations

Adverb

still (not comparable)

  1. Without motion.
  2. (aspect) Up to a time, as in the preceding time.
  3. (degree) To an even greater degree. Used to modify comparative adjectives or adverbs.
    (“still” and “taller” can easily swap places here)
  4. (conjunctive) Nevertheless.
    • 1817, Thomas Moore, Lalla-Rookh
      As sunshine, broken in the rill, / Though turned astray, is sunshine still.
  5. (archaic, poetic) Always; invariably; constantly; continuously.
    • The desire of fame betrays an ambitious man into indecencies that lessen his reputation; he is still afraid lest any of his actions should be thrown away in private.
    • 1661, Robert Boyle, Unsucceeding Experiments
      Chemists would be rich if they could still do in great quantities what they have sometimes done in little.
  6. (extensive) Even, yet.
Synonyms
  • (without motion): akinetically, motionlessly, stock still, stockishly
  • (up to a time): yet
  • (to an even greater degree): yet, even
  • (nevertheless): nonetheless, though, yet; see also Thesaurus:nevertheless
  • (always): consistently, invariably, uniformly; See also Thesaurus:uniformly
  • (even, yet):
Translations

Noun

still (plural stills)

  1. A period of calm or silence.
  2. (photography) A photograph, as opposed to movie footage.
  3. (slang) A resident of the Falkland Islands.
  4. A steep hill or ascent.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of W. Browne to this entry?)
Synonyms
  • (period of calm): lull, rest, respite; quiet, tranquility
  • (resident of the Falkland Islands): Benny, Falklander, Kelper
Translations

Etymology 2

Via Middle English [Term?], ultimately from Latin stilla.

Noun

still (plural stills)

  1. A device for distilling liquids.
  2. (catering) A large water boiler used to make tea and coffee.
  3. (catering) The area in a restaurant used to make tea and coffee, separate from the main kitchen.
  4. A building where liquors are distilled; a distillery.
Translations
See also
  • pot still

Etymology 3

From Old English stillan.

Verb

still (third-person singular simple present stills, present participle stilling, simple past and past participle stilled)

  1. To calm down, to quiet.
Synonyms
  • becalm, lull, quell; see also Thesaurus:pacify
Translations

Etymology 4

Aphetic form of distil, or from Latin stillare.

Verb

still (third-person singular simple present stills, present participle stilling, simple past and past participle stilled)

  1. (obsolete) To trickle, drip.
  2. To cause to fall by drops.
  3. To expel spirit from by heat, or to evaporate and condense in a refrigeratory; to distill.

Translations

Anagrams

  • Tills, lilts, tills

German

Etymology

From Middle High German [Term?], from Old High German stilli.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʃtɪl/

Adjective

still (comparative stiller, superlative am stillsten)

  1. quiet, silent

Declension

Adverb

still

  1. quietly, silently

Further reading

  • “still” in Duden online

Hunsrik

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʃtil/

Adjective

still

  1. quiet, silent

Further reading

  • Online Hunsrik Dictionary

Norwegian Bokmål

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /stɪl/
  • Rhymes: -ɪl

Verb

still

  1. imperative of stille

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology 1

Verb

still

  1. imperative of stilla

Etymology 2

Adjective

still (masculine and feminine still, neuter stilt, definite singular and plural stille, comparative stillare, indefinite superlative stillast, definite superlative stillaste)

  1. Alternative form of stille

Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /esˈtil/, [esˈt̪il]

Noun

still m (plural stills)

  1. (photography) still

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