from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Prosperous; affluent; well-off.
  • noun Affluent or wealthy people.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having means to do or gel along with; well off: forehanded; prosperous: as, a well-to-do merchant or farmer.
  • Manifesting a state of being well off; indicative of prosperity.

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  • adjective rich; prosperous

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From the phrase well to do in the world : well, prosperous, affluent + to, for + do, doing.]


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