noun, plural to-dos. Informal.

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

Origin of to-do

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

Synonym study

See ado. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for todo

Historical Examples of todo

  • She wanted, of course, to have an opportunity of talking to my Todo alone.

  • Homem vai buscar dinheiro, A todo ele disse: Ja dinheiro feito .

  • Todo estaba puesto con arte singular, y el aseo y frescura de cuanto all haba convidaban a reposar en tan hermoso nido.

    Doa Perfecta

    Benito Prez Galds

  • Todo indicaba all una vivienda de gente modesta, pulcra y hacendosa.

    Doa Perfecta

    Benito Prez Galds

  • En Madrid, que es la corte de donde vienen leyes y mandarines, todo es latrocinio y farsa.

    Doa Perfecta

    Benito Prez Galds

British Dictionary definitions for todo


noun plural -dos

a commotion, fuss, or quarrel
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Word Origin and History for todo



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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