Definition of ado in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A state of agitation or fuss.

    ‘this is much ado about almost nothing’
    • ‘Much ado has been made of this, and more ado will be made of it up to the opening bell.’
    • ‘With no further ado Amy lifted up the knife and fork and cut a small chunk out of the pie.’
    • ‘So with no further ado, here are two variations on simple (but not trivial) meditation.’
    • ‘‘Much ado about nothing’ was her reaction to the furore that followed her son's admission late on Thursday that the reports were true.’
    • ‘The new EEC was still considered peripheral, termed ‘much ado about nothing’ by Conservative Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd.’
    • ‘When she became the UK's oldest citizen last December, she commented that it was much ado about nothing.’
    • ‘Without further ado my parents step over the threshold of the room.’
    • ‘In my view, this is a severe case of much ado about very little.’
    • ‘With no further ado, I shall share my recipe with you (if only so I don't forget it myself!)’
    • ‘Without ado, he leaned over and, putting an arm around the boy's waist, lifted him into the large saddle in front of him.’
    • ‘Without more ado, the old leather bucket was rescued, cleaned up and tried out.’
    • ‘Without further ado, onto the full results of the dip tournament.’
    • ‘Without further ado, he was allowed to continue his recitation of Belli's poetry.’
    • ‘Much ado about nothing, maybe, but when it comes to nosey and cynical journalists, few believe there can ever be smoke without fire.’
    • ‘Charmian tutted to herself at such dark thoughts, and with no further ado, stepped into the river.’
    • ‘Many participants - not to mention reporters for other news sites - thought the debate was much ado about nothing, sort of an anti-climax.’
    • ‘Without further ado, here are ten lessons that I urged these young people to learn.’
    • ‘So without further ado, I'll tell you about the value of these two really important books from our past.’
    • ‘And so, with no further ado, let the hunting commence.’
    • ‘With little ado, and no sales patter, I was allowed to take the Chevy for a test drive.’
    fuss, trouble, bother, upset, agitation, commotion, stir, hubbub, confusion, excitement, tumult, disturbance, hurly-burly, uproar, flurry, to-do, palaver, rigmarole, brouhaha, furore
    fuss and feathers
    hassle, hoo-ha, ballyhoo, hoopla, rumpus, flap, tizz, tizzy, stew, song and dance, performance, pantomime
    carry-on, kerfuffle
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    1. 1.1dated Trouble or difficulty.
      ‘I hastened there without delay or ado’
      • ‘With much ado, he places a mirror in front of him so he can see what is going on behind.’
      • ‘Five of us struggled, there was no manual apparent but after much ado it was removed… second problem, where does one store the top half of a car?’
      • ‘Like all people who inwardly value themselves and have confidence in their abilities, they go about their lives without much ado, usually achieving whatever goals they set for themselves.’
      • ‘But when Spartacus rallied and faced them, they were utterly routed and fled, and had much ado to carry off their quæstor, who was wounded.’


  • what's ado

    • archaic What's the matter?

      • ‘For the most part the majority of Americans haven't got a clue as to what's ado or how these talks will drastically alter and affect their lives.’
  • without further (or more) ado

    • Without any fuss or delay; immediately.

      ‘without further ado he hurried down the steps’
      • ‘The court expressed the hope that in practice receiving parties will disclose the information without more ado.’
      • ‘So without further ado, let me direct you to their respective tasting notes.’
      • ‘If they didn't corroborate his claims, he'd be fired without further ado.’
      • ‘So without further ado, may I announce my new project.’
      • ‘So without further ado, let's see how the other positions were represented and who the missing persons were.’
      • ‘So, without further ado, let's quickly gloss over his suggestions and move onto my much more sensible and practical top ten.’
      • ‘Promptly, without further ado, an entire shift decided to stay at home seriously disrupting production and causing severe losses to the company.’
      • ‘So, without further ado, here's my version of events, aided by quite a few pictures.’
      • ‘So without further ado, here it is - my very own comic strip.’
      • ‘So without further ado, the first-years share their first thoughts.’
      • ‘Here, without further ado, the best entries in the Rejected Campaign Slogans contest.’
      • ‘So, without further ado, here is my best of three list.’
      • ‘And so, without further ado, I present to you my future son-in-law.’
      • ‘In most cases this evidence alone was enough to cause the accused to plead guilty without more ado.’
      • ‘So without further ado, I present you with the round one contestants listed from worst to first…’
      • ‘Please feel free to adopt these suggestions without further ado!’
      • ‘Anyway, without further ado, this is the list I made this time last year, rearranged into an approximate order of preference.’
      • ‘He refused to go and was dismissed without further ado by Cudlipp who succeeded him.’
      • ‘So, without further ado, I'm proud to announce the launch of the redesigned ‘Jumping On The Bandwagon’.’
      • ‘So, without further ado, a very sincere homage to the talented and much-missed Mr. King.’
      immediately, at once, instantly, directly, right away, straight away, now, this/that, that very minute, this very minute, that instant, this instant, then and there, there and then, here and now, in a flash, like a flash, instantaneously, by return, post-haste, without delay, without further ado, without more ado, without hesitation, unhesitatingly
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Late Middle English (originally in the sense ‘action, business’): from northern Middle English at do ‘to do’, from Old Norse at (used to mark an infinitive) and do.