The lamest rhetorical question in the English language. Requires the answer of 'Fine' no matter how you feel or why you are going to have a conversation. An exercise for the lips and tongue.
I was dying of cancer and had to see my doctor. He asked me, "How are you?"
by Stephan Smolka January 18, 2009
to ask your friend how he feels today, if there is anything you can do or say, how his voice is today and how much pressure he puts into a handshake. how his sleep is and what he eats.
by fine listener May 19, 2019
How are you doing?
How YOU doin'?

From the yiddish, vi geyts bay dir?
Nu? How's by you? Me? I'm fine. Don't be a pischer. How's by you?
by Logan2 May 15, 2008
Oft used as a do-not-bother-replying greeting, "how are you" represents the impersonalization of modern society stretched to an extent never witnessed before. It is however still okay to use it as long as you genuinely care.
EXAMPLE 1
Person A: Hi, how are you?
Person B: How are you?
(Conversation over)

EXAMPLE 2
Person A: Hi, how are you?
Person B: Like you care.
by Jonathan Archer January 2, 2006
How are you
How are you
by fine listener March 21, 2020
The typical conversation starter, or greeting which South Western Ontario residences use. Very common in rural areas, and becomes less common the closer you get to urban areas. More commonly pronounced "How'r'yah'now", with hard pronunciation on vowels.
Gord- "How are you now?"
Mike- "Good, and you?"
Gord- "Not s'bad"
by Chic1550 October 31, 2017