- how do you do (used as a greeting).
Origin of how do
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for how do
I didnt scarcely say how-do to you last night, Uncle, she said.Ruth Fielding At Sunrise Farm
Alice B. Emerson
Now that I'm in touch with you all again, it's almost like saying "How-do?"Carry On
To each man entering he vouchsafed the same greeting—namely, "How-do?"Back Home
Irvin S. Cobb
Miss Van Ramsden found Belle out, and she went upstairs to 234 say “how-do” to the invalid.The Girl from Sunset Ranch
Amy Bell Marlowe
"How-do, Hanna," said Mr. Evans, reddening slightly beneath his tan.The Sturdy Oak
Samuel Merwin, et al.