Definition of ado in English:

ado

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Pronunciation: /əˈduː
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1A state of agitation or fuss: this is much ado about almost nothing
More example sentences
  • ‘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.
Synonyms
fuss, trouble, bother, upset, agitation, commotion, stir, hubbub, confusion, excitement, tumult, disturbance, hurly-burly, uproar, flurry, to-do, palaver, rigmarole, brouhaha, furore; North Americanfuss and feathers; Indiantamasha
British informal carry-on, kerfuffle
1.1 dated Trouble or difficulty: I hastened there without delay or ado
More example sentences
  • 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.

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.

Phrases

what's ado

archaic What’s the matter?
More example sentences
  • For the most part the majority of Americans haven't got a clue as to what's ado or how these talks will drastically alter and affect their lives.

without further (or more) ado

Without any fuss or delay; immediately: without further ado he hurried down the steps
More example sentences
  • 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.

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