Definition of ado in English:



  • 1A state of agitation or fuss, especially about something unimportant.

    ‘this is much ado about almost nothing’
    • ‘In my view, this is a severe case of much ado about very little.’
    • ‘The new EEC was still considered peripheral, termed ‘much ado about nothing’ by Conservative Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Without further ado my parents step over the threshold of the room.’
    • ‘‘Much ado about nothing’ was her reaction to the furore that followed her son's admission late on Thursday that the reports were true.’
    • ‘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 further ado, here are ten lessons that I urged these young people to learn.’
    • ‘With little ado, and no sales patter, I was allowed to take the Chevy for a test drive.’
    • ‘And so, with no further ado, let the hunting commence.’
    • ‘Much ado about nothing, maybe, but when it comes to nosey and cynical journalists, few believe there can ever be smoke without fire.’
    • ‘When she became the UK's oldest citizen last December, she commented that it was much ado about nothing.’
    • ‘So without further ado, I'll tell you about the value of these two really important books from our past.’
    • ‘So with no further ado, here are two variations on simple (but not trivial) meditation.’
    • ‘Many participants - not to mention reporters for other news sites - thought the debate was much ado about nothing, sort of an anti-climax.’
    • ‘Charmian tutted to herself at such dark thoughts, and with no further ado, stepped into the river.’
    • ‘Much ado has been made of this, and more ado will be made of it up to the opening bell.’
    • ‘With no further ado, I shall share my recipe with you (if only so I don't forget it myself!)’
    • ‘With no further ado Amy lifted up the knife and fork and cut a small chunk out of the pie.’
    fuss, trouble, bother, upset, agitation, commotion, stir, hubbub, confusion, excitement, tumult, disturbance, hurly-burly, uproar, flurry, to-do, palaver, rigmarole, brouhaha, furore
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    1. 1.1dated Trouble or difficulty.
      ‘she had much ado to keep up with him’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘With much ado, he places a mirror in front of him so he can see what is going on behind.’
      • ‘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 ado

    • Without any fuss or delay; immediately.

      ‘without further ado he hurried down the steps’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘So without further ado, let me direct you to their respective tasting notes.’
      • ‘Anyway, without further ado, this is the list I made this time last year, rearranged into an approximate order of preference.’
      • ‘If they didn't corroborate his claims, he'd be fired without further ado.’
      • ‘So without further ado, here it is - my very own comic strip.’
      • ‘So without further ado, the first-years share their first thoughts.’
      • ‘So, without further ado, a very sincere homage to the talented and much-missed Mr. King.’
      • ‘So without further ado, let's see how the other positions were represented and who the missing persons were.’
      • ‘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, here's my version of events, aided by quite a few pictures.’
      • ‘So without further ado, may I announce my new project.’
      • ‘The court expressed the hope that in practice receiving parties will disclose the information without more ado.’
      • ‘And so, without further ado, I present to you my future son-in-law.’
      • ‘So, without further ado, here is my best of three list.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Here, without further ado, the best entries in the Rejected Campaign Slogans contest.’
      immediately, at once, instantly, directly, right away, straight away, now, that minute, this minute, 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.