Definitions

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

  • n. an expression of greeting
  • n. an awkward situation

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Examples

  • To Saxon he barely said how-do-you-do or good day; and, sleeping in the day time and working at night, he was in the house a week before

    CHAPTER XII

  • "Yes, indeed I'd like to say how-do-you-do to him," Captain Duncan answered.

    CHAPTER X

  • So he trooped from one side of the stage to the other -- as everyone else was settling in for the speeches -- to give the first lady a handshake, a hug, a kiss, a how-do-you-do, all in view of constituents, who enthused over him all the more.

    First lady Michelle Obama gives Anacostia high school commencement speech

  • Anyway, everyone was awesome, and it was great to see the gang and give Cory a drive-by how-do-you-do.

    April 5, 2010

  • It's a fine how-do-you-do when Spencer calls someone out on being rude, I must say.

    Holly Cara Price: Rubbernecking: The Hills , Season Five Finale

  • Harold repeats his how-do-you-do jig every time he meets someone new, and for a repetitious gag, it really gets funnier each time we see it.

    The Freshman - 1925

  • All that time we lived in the same town, and never even said a how-do-you-do.

    Sonny

  • 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

  • This is fun to watch and also kind of astonishing, as is the fact-and it never changes from visit to visit-that some of the most demanding and persnickety of Washington's social lions will put up with incredible jostling and shoving and crowding and discomfort and inconvenience just to be within how-do-you-do range of Her Majesty for a second.

    The Capital And The Queen

  • The rest of the group, distracted by this rather loud how-do-you-do, looked over at us.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Loving Our Cats

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