Definition of to-do in English:

to-do

Syllabification: to-do
Pronunciation: /tə ˈdo͞o
 
/

noun

[in singular] informal
A commotion or fuss: he ignored the to-do in the hall
More example sentences
  • There also was a bit of a to-do over what constituted a ‘strip cell’.
  • This back and forth happens once or twice more, and then there's a little to-do because the tyke has wet the little pants she is wearing.
  • When they returned to the foyer there had been a bit of a to-do with Oliver.
Synonyms
commotion, fuss, ado, excitement, agitation, stir, palaver, confusion, disturbance, brouhaha, fracas, uproar, furor, tempest in a teapot, much ado about nothing
informal hoo-ha, ballyhoo, hullabaloo
British informal kerfuffle

Origin

late 16th century: from to do as in much to do, originally meaning 'much needing to be done' but later interpreted as the adjective much and a noun; compare with ado.

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