See also: to-day

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

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).

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

today (not comparable)

  1. On the current day or date.
    I want this done today.
    Today, my brother went to the shops.
  2. In the current era; nowadays.
    • 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.
    In the 1500s, people had to do things by hand, but today we have electric can openers.

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NounEdit

today (plural todays)

  1. 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.
    • 1899, Hughes Mearns, Antigonish:
      Yesterday, upon the stair / I met a man who wasn’t there / He wasn’t there again today / I wish, I wish he’d go away …
  2. (US, meteorology) From 6am to 6pm on the current day.
  3. The present time period; nowadays

Usage notesEdit

Todays is a mostly literary plural. It refers to days that we experience, have experienced or will experience as "today". More colloquial are these days and nowadays.

TranslationsEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

today (not comparable)

  1. (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 42810524, 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.
    • 1966 December 18, Joan Barthel, “Francoise from France: White Boots and Ye-Ye”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      [] she (Françoise Hardy) is so today, so white boots and yé-yé, that she can make anyone over 25 (me) feel prehistoric, raccoon coat and rah-rah.

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Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English tōdæġ, equivalent to to- +‎ day.

AdverbEdit

today

  1. On the current day.
  2. On this date in past years.
  3. (used substantively) The current day.

DescendantsEdit

  • English: today

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