ado

[ uh-doo ]
/ əˈdu /
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noun

busy activity; bustle; fuss.

Nearby words

  1. adnexa,
  2. adnexal adenoma,
  3. adnexum,
  4. adnominal,
  5. adnoun,
  6. ado-ekiti,
  7. adobe,
  8. adobe flat,
  9. adobo,
  10. adolescence

Origin of ado

1250–1300; Middle English (north) at do, a phrase equivalent to at to (< Old Norse, which used at with the infinitive) + do do1

Can be confusedà deux adieu ado

Synonym study

Ado, to-do, commotion, stir, tumult suggest a great deal of fuss and noise. Ado implies a confused bustle of activity, a considerable emotional upset, and a great deal of talking: Much Ado About Nothing. To-do, now more commonly used, may mean merely excitement and noise and may be pleasant or unpleasant: a great to-do over a movie star. Commotion suggests a noisy confusion and babble: commotion at the scene of an accident. Stir suggests excitement and noise, with a hint of emotional cause: The report was followed by a tremendous stir in the city. Tumult suggests disorder with noise and violence: a tumult as the mob stormed the Bastille.

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British Dictionary definitions for ado

ado

/ (əˈduː) /

noun

bustling activity; fuss; bother; delay (esp in the phrases without more ado, with much ado)

Word Origin for ado

C14: from the phrase at do a to-do, from Old Norse at to (marking the infinitive) + do 1

ADO

/ Australian /

abbreviation for

accumulated day off
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Word Origin and History for ado

ado

n.

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).

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