: heightened fuss or concern : to-do
much ado about the need for reform
: time-wasting bother over trivial details
wrote the paper without further ado
: trouble, difficulty
The journey itself is not described; our heroes disembark without ado at Philadelphia.Anthony Lane

Examples of ado in a Sentence

a bride-to-be caught up in the usual prenuptial ado
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Word History


Middle English, reduced from the infinitive phrase at do, from at "to, at entry 1" + do, don "to do entry 1"

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ado was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ado.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ado. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: fuss entry 1 sense 1, trouble
much ado about nothing

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