noun[in singular] informal
A commotion or fuss: he made a great to-do about fetching a cup
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.
commotion, fuss, fuss and bother, bother, trouble, ado, disturbance, flurry, excitement, uproar, ferment, tumult, turmoil, hurly-burly, brouhaha, furore, storm, palaver, pantomime, production, hoopla, folderol, hue and cry, bustle, hustle and bustle, pother
New Zealand informal bobsy-die
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.