better-to-do

adjective
bet·​ter-to-do

Definition of better-to-do

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in prosperous economic circumstances : better off many of the better-to-do urban Frenchmen acquire homes in the country— S. K. Padover

better-to-do

noun
bet·​ter-to-do
plural better-to-do

Definition of better-to-do (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who is better-to-do the better-to-do on whom the burden of the expense of the liberal program had fallen— C. L. Jones

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First Known Use of better-to-do

Adjective

1860, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for better-to-do

Adjective

intended as comparative of well-to-do

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The first known use of better-to-do was in 1860

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“Better-to-do.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/better-to-do. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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