to-do

[ tuh-doo ]
/ təˈdu /

noun, plural to-dos. Informal.

bustle; fuss: They made a great to-do over the dinner.

Nearby words

  1. to windward,
  2. to wit,
  3. to-,
  4. to-and-fro,
  5. to-be,
  6. to-do list,
  7. to-name,
  8. toad,
  9. toad bug,
  10. toad juice

Origin of to-do

before 900; Middle English, Old English; noun use of infinitive phrase; see to, do1, ado

Synonym study

See ado.

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British Dictionary definitions for to-do

to-do

/ (təˈduː) /

noun plural -dos

a commotion, fuss, or quarrel
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Word Origin and History for to-do

to-do

n.

1570s, from the verb phrase to do, from Old English to don "proper or necessary to be done" (see to). Meaning "disturbance, fuss" is first recorded 1827.

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