- to-day (archaic)
From Middle English today, to-daie, todæig, from Old English tōdæġ, tō dæġe (“today”, literally “on [the/this] day, [this] day forward”), equivalent to to + day. Compare Saterland Frisian däälich (“today”), Dutch vandaag (“today”), Old Saxon hindag (“today”, literally “[this] day forward”), German Low German vandage, vandaag (“today”), Swedish i dag, idag (“today”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /təˈdeɪ/
Audio (RP) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /təˈdeɪ/, [tʰəˈdeɪ], /tʊˈdeɪ/, [tʰʊˈdeɪ], [tʰʉɾeɪː]
Audio (GA) (file)
- Rhymes: -eɪ
- Hyphenation: to‧day
today (not comparable)
- On the current day or date.
- I want this done today.
- Today, my brother went to the shops.
- In the current era; nowadays.
- In the 1500s, people had to do things by hand, but today we have electric can openers.
- 2013 June 22, “Engineers of a different kind”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 70:
- Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers. […] Much of their pleading is public-relations bluster. Clever financial ploys are what have made billionaires of the industry’s veterans. “Operational improvement” in a portfolio company has often meant little more than promising colossal bonuses to sitting chief executives if they meet ambitious growth targets. That model is still prevalent today.
today (plural todays)
- A current day or date.
- Synonyms: current day, this day
- Today is the day we'll fix this once and for all.
- The youth of today have never known what life is like without a cell phone.
- (informal or meteorology) From 6am to 6pm on the current day.
- The present time period; nowadays.
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
today (not comparable)
- (informal) Current; up to date.
- Synonym: now
- 1965, Tom Wolfe, quoting Phil Spector, “The First Tycoon of Teen”, in The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, →ISBN, →OCLC, page 67:
- Actually, it's more like the blues. It's pop blues. I feel it's very American. It's very today. It's what people respond to today.
- tomorrow night
- last night