how do you do?FORMAL
Meaning: This is a very formal greeting sometimes used among members of the British upper classes.
- After being introduced to Lord Bumbury, I said, "How do you do, my Lord? Delighted to meet you."
- When I introduced my wife to my British grandfather, he said, "How do you do, young lady?"
Variety: This is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
Who might say "How do you do?" when greeting one another?
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Contributor: Matt Errey