- prosperous; rich.
Origin of well-to-do
First recorded in 1815–25
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
comfortable; affluent, moneyed.
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Examples from the Web for well-to-do
You never see a boxer come out of a well-to-do family because they have nothing to fight for.Bryan Cranston on Walter White’s Future, Directing ‘Better Call Saul,’ and Hillary 2016
August 1, 2014
She reportedly told police that she had 200 well-to-do customers.The Black Widow of Silicon Valley
July 14, 2014
She works as a maid, scrubbing floors and toilets of the well-to-do families in West Hartford, Connecticut.Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling
Amanda Padoan, Peter Zuckerman
March 30, 2014
Mohamed is a well-to-do young father and professional, a devout Muslim and a respected activist.As Protests Roil Egypt, Some In Opposition Bring Arms To ‘Defend Themselves’
June 30, 2013
That, in turn, increases the demand for things that well-to-do Spanish doctors like to buy, like fancy restaurant meals.Will the Young People Go Home Again?
June 12, 2013
It is the superintendent of the factory in our village—a man rich, or, at any rate, well-to-do.Brave and Bold
At the present day the poor have more children than the well-to-do.
In France, especially, well-to-do people often limit their families to two.
And, are not the children of the well-to-do conscripted equally with the children of the poor?
Have the children of the well-to-do been backward in volunteering?
- moderately wealthy
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