how do you do? Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “how do you do?” in the English Dictionary

"how do you do?" in British English

See all translations

how do you do?

formalA2 a ​formalgreeting for someone that you have not ​met before: "I'm Jack Stewart." "How do you do? I'm Angela ​Black."

how do you do

old-fashioned a ​difficult, ​worrying, and ​unpleasantsituation: "I had a ​row with my ​sister and now she's ​refusing to ​talk to me." "Well, that's a fine how do you do!"
(Definition of how do you do? from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “how do you do?”
in Chinese (Simplified) (初次见面时正式的问候用语)你好…
in Chinese (Traditional) (初次見面時正式的問候用語)你好…
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


(a plan showing) the subjects or books to be studied in a particular course, especially a course that leads to an exam

Word of the Day

Out of Africa
Out of Africa
by Colin McIntosh,
October 01, 2015
A recent discovery off the coast of the island of Taiwan, made by local fishermen, is causing scientists to re-examine their ideas about early humans. The skull of a male human, now nicknamed Penghu Man, was found to differ significantly from the skulls of the Homo Erectus species previously known in the

Read More 

face training noun
face training noun
October 05, 2015
a system of facial exercises designed to tone the facial muscles and improve the skin

Read More