- busy activity; bustle; fuss.
Origin of ado
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Examples from the Web for ado
You owe it me, for am I not in part to blame for all this ado?Bardelys the Magnificent
I had some ado to keep the joy from my eyes when I heard them planning it.St. Martin's Summer
Why, then, all this ado about a bunch of empty threats cast at us by the Duke of Babbiano?Love-at-Arms
You have made such an ado about the man, I am disposed to be interested in him, for your sake.A Pessimist
“I have ado but with two of you,” she said, as she seated herself.A Forgotten Hero
Emily Sarah Holt
- bustling activity; fuss; bother; delay (esp in the phrases without more ado, with much ado)
- accumulated day off
Word Origin and History for ado
late 14c., "conflict, fighting; difficulty, trouble," compounded from at do, dialectal in Norse influenced areas of England for to do, as some Scandinavian languages used at with infinitive of a verb where Modern English uses to. For sense development, cf. to-do. Meaning "fuss" is from early 15c. Also used in Middle English for "dealings, traffic," and "sexual intercourse" (both c.1400).