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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Bustle; fuss; trouble; bother.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. To do; in doing; as, there is nothing ado.
  • n. Doing; trouble; difficulty; troublesome business; fuss; bustle; as, to make a great ado about trifles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. To do; in doing.
  • n. Doing; trouble; difficulty; troublesome business; fuss; bustle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To do.
  • In doing; being done.
  • n. Doing; action; business; bustle; trouble; labor; difficulty: as, to persuade one with much ado.
  • n. A suffix of Latin origin, the Spanish masculine form of -ade, -ate, as in renegado, desperado, etc. In some words -ado is an erroneous form of -ada, as in bastinado. See -ada.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rapid active commotion

Etymologies

Middle English, from the phrase at do : at, to (used with infinitive) (from Old Norse at; see ad- in Indo-European roots) + do, do; see do1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Northern Middle English at do ("to do"), supine of Middle English do, don "to do". Influenced by Old Norse practice of marking supines using the preposition at, att (compare Danish at gå "to go"). More at at, do (Wiktionary)

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