from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An excited reaction; a commotion or fuss.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Ado; bustle; fuss; commotion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun colloq. Bustle; stir; commotion; ado.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic Ado.
  • noun A task that has been noted as one that must be completed, especially on a list.
  • noun A fuss made over something, commotion.

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

  • noun a disorderly outburst or tumult


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From to +‎ do, formed on analogy with ado, from at +‎ do.


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  • Making a big to-do over the "to do" list.

    July 2, 2007

  • Things can have this quality of being 'to-do'. They are 'to-do' things but are commonly referred to as 'things to-do'.

    'To-Do' is also (onomatopoeically) the noise one emits in an attempt to avoid colliision with another person.

    Oh. No, sorry, That's 'toot-toot'. :)

    February 9, 2011