noun, plural how-do-you-dos. Informal.
Origin of how-do-you-do
Definition for how-do-you-do (2 of 2)
how do you do
Examples from the Web for how-do-you-do
She tried the direct, how-do-you-do handshake approach, but was blocked by a burly aide-de-camp.Andrew Cuomo Can't Ignore It Now: He's Weak Even at Home|David Freedlander|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After a timid "How-do-you-do," and a comment on the great heat of the June day, she went back in the house.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves.|Work Projects Administration
He really came to see me; but he would like to say how-do-you-do to you at the same time.The Master Builder|Henrik Ibsen
He said how-do-you-do to Mrs. Knolles and to herself, and was presented to the others.Overlooked|Maurice Baring
British Dictionary definitions for how-do-you-do
how do you do
Idioms and Phrases with how-do-you-do
how do you do?
A conventional greeting used mostly after being introduced to someone, as in And this is our youngest—say “How do you do” to Mr. Smith. Although it is a question, it requires no reply. Originally, in the 1600s, this expression was an inquiry after a person's health or standing, how do you do meaning “how do you fare?” Today we usually express this as How are you? or How are you doing? or How goes it? or How's it going? Even more general are the slangy locutions How are things? or How's tricks? All of these greetings date from the first half of the 1900s.