American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Prosperous; affluent; well-off.
- n. Affluent or wealthy people: Demonstrators protested that the tax bill favored the well-to-do.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- adj. in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich
- From the phrase well to do in the world : well2, prosperous, affluent + to, for + do1, doing. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“There's a certain look to the people who stroll around the Sunshine Coast town, one which my friend describes as a "well-to-do hippie".”
“The most popular dance hall in the neighborhood was owned by Pete Williams, described as a “well-to-do, coal-black Negro, who has made an immense amount of money from the profits of his dance-house.””
““By turning to the animal world, black culture, and the red-light district for the sources of their cultural regeneration,” writes Erenberg, “well-to-do urbanites were searching for a way to liberate some of the repressed wilder elements, the more natural elements, that had been contained by gentility.””
“In addition, compared with other women of the city, the white prostitutes were well-to-do.”
“Of course, several polls have found that the majority of members are fairly well-to-do white males, so maybe they make over $250K and are protesting their taxes?”
“Thankfully, the well-to-do ladies of the 90210 also come with a wealth of cattiness.”
“The discount market is growing nicely in Manhattan, but it's being dominated by retailers such as T.J. Maxx, Century 21 and Daffy's, which attract much more well-to-do customers than dollar stores, said Faith Hope Consolo of Prudential Douglas Elliman.”
“This wonderful, well-to-do man would love me and be a real father to me.”
“A group of well-to-do people, including two state senators, decided to establish it about twelve years ago and practically begged Donald to take charge of construction.”
“Jesus wasn't born into a utopian society to well-to-do parents.”
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Adjectively used nominal phrases with a "-" inside.
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