noun, plural how-do-you-dos. Informal.
  1. a greeting; salutation: She smiled and gave him a how-do-you-do fit for a king.
  2. an awkward or unpleasant event or situation: It's a fine how-do-you-do that they've refused to help us out.
Also how-de-do [hou-dee-doo] /ˈhaʊ diˈdu/.

Origin of how-do-you-do

First recorded in 1625–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for how-de-do

Historical Examples of how-de-do

  • That's no 'how-de-do' salute, that's a 'come r-r-right here' one!

    The Brass Bound Box

    Evelyn Raymond

  • How-de-do, Deering; pray dont hesitate to make yourself at home.

    Deering of Deal

    Latta Griswold

  • Put on your best toggery, Carter, and make your bow, and say how-de-do.

  • So he said "How-de-do" to the snail, and then the monkey boy went on toward home.

  • She had not seen the teacher more than to say "how-de-do" since their rather warm discussion before the date of the town meeting.

    Janice Day

    Helen Beecher Long