ado Definition

a state of fuss, confusion, or excitement; a bustle.

Using ado: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "ado" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    There was much ado about the new policy.

  • Example

    She made a great ado over the smallest things.

  • Example

    The children were making a lot of ado in the next room.

ado Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with ado

  • without any delay or unnecessary discussion


    Let's get started without further ado.

  • a lot of fuss or commotion about something that is not important


    The whole situation turned out to be much ado about nothing.

  • to fuss or make a big deal out of something


    She always makes ado over the smallest things.

Origins of ado

from Middle English 'at do', meaning 'to do'


Summary: ado in Brief

'Ado' [əˈduː] refers to a state of fuss, confusion, or excitement. It is often used in phrases like 'without further ado,' meaning without any delay, and 'much ado about nothing,' denoting a lot of fuss about something unimportant. 'Ado' can also be used as a verb, as in 'She always makes ado over the smallest things.'

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