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Definition of ado

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

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Examples of ado in a Sentence

a bride-to-be caught up in the usual prenuptial ado
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First Known Use of ado

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ado

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

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13 Nov 2019

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

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English Language Learners Definition of ado

: foolish or unnecessary talk, trouble, or activity


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Kids Definition of ado

: foolish or unnecessary trouble, activity, or excitement

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