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ado

[uh-doo] /əˈdu/
noun
1.
busy activity; bustle; fuss.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English (north) at do, a phrase equivalent to at to (< Old Norse, which used at with the infinitive) + do do1
Can be confused
à deux, adieu, ado (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
flurry; confusion, upset, excitement; hubbub, noise, turmoil. Ado, to-do, commotion, stir, tumult suggest a great deal of fuss and noise. Ado implies a confused bustle of activity, a considerable emotional upset, and a great deal of talking: Much Ado About Nothing. To-do, now more commonly used, may mean merely excitement and noise and may be pleasant or unpleasant: a great to-do over a movie star. Commotion suggests a noisy confusion and babble: commotion at the scene of an accident. Stir suggests excitement and noise, with a hint of emotional cause: The report was followed by a tremendous stir in the city. Tumult suggests disorder with noise and violence: a tumult as the mob stormed the Bastille.
Antonyms
calm, peace, tranquillity.
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Examples for ado
  • All which leads us to conclude that this uproar has been little more than much ado about nothing.
  • But the government may lock him up without further ado.
  • In other words, from the get-go this was much ado about nothing.
  • If a really obvious short list emerges, e-mail everyone and ask if they want to approve it without further ado.
  • It is much ado about nothing-or practically nothing, we'd say.
  • It's enough to convict, or to arrange a plea bargain without further ado.
  • There ya go much ado about nothing as the bard wud tell.
British Dictionary definitions for ado

ado

/əˈduː/
noun
1.
bustling activity; fuss; bother; delay (esp in the phrases without more ado, with much ado)
Word Origin
C14: from the phrase at do a to-do, from Old Norse at to (marking the infinitive) + do1

ADO

abbreviation
1.
accumulated day off
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Word Origin and History for ado
ado
late 13c., compounded from at do, dialectal in Norse influenced areas of England for to do, as some Scandinavian languages used at with infinitive of a verb where Modern English uses to. For sense development, cf. to-do.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ado in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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