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ado

[ uh-doo ]
/ əˈdu /
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noun
busy activity; bustle; fuss.
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Origin of ado

1250–1300; Middle English (north) at do, a phrase equivalent to at to (<Old Norse, which used at with the infinitive) + dodo1

synonym study for ado

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.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ado

à deux, adieu, ado
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British Dictionary definitions for ado (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for ado (2 of 2)

ADO
/ Australian /

abbreviation for
accumulated day off
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