Definition of ado in English:

ado

Syllabification: a·do
Pronunciation: /əˈdo͞o
 
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noun

  • 1Trouble or difficulty: she had much ado to keep up with him
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    • Five of us struggled, there was no manual apparent but after much ado it was removed… second problem, where does one store the top half of a car?
    • With much ado, he places a mirror in front of him so he can see what is going on behind.
    • Like all people who inwardly value themselves and have confidence in their abilities, they go about their lives without much ado, usually achieving whatever goals they set for themselves.
  • 1.1Fuss, especially about something that is unimportant: on the face of it, this is much ado about almost nothing
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    • ‘Much ado about nothing’ was her reaction to the furore that followed her son's admission late on Thursday that the reports were true.
    • Much ado has been made of this, and more ado will be made of it up to the opening bell.
    • The new EEC was still considered peripheral, termed ‘much ado about nothing’ by Conservative Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd.

Phrases

without further (or more) ado

Without any fuss or delay; immediately.
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  • So, without further ado, let's quickly gloss over his suggestions and move onto my much more sensible and practical top ten.
  • Promptly, without further ado, an entire shift decided to stay at home seriously disrupting production and causing severe losses to the company.
  • So without further ado, let me direct you to their respective tasting notes.

Origin

late Middle English (originally in the sense 'action, business'): from northern Middle English at do 'to do', from Old Norse at (used to mark an infinitive) and do1.

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