Meaning of how do you do
how' do you do'
- (used as a conventional greeting).
Pronunciation: (hou'du-yu-d'), [key]
— pl. -dos.
- a greeting; salutation: She smiled and gave him a how-do-you-do fit for a king.
- an awkward or unpleasant event or situation: It's a fine how-do-you-do that they've refused to help us out.