A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-doo]
    • /əˈdu/
    • /ə.ˈduː/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-doo]
    • /əˈdu/

Definitions of ado word

  • noun ado bustling activity; fuss; bother; delay (esp in the phrases without more ado, with much ado) 3
  • abbreviation ADO accumulated day off 3
  • noun ado fuss; trouble; excitement 3
  • abbreviation Definition of ADO in Technology ActiveX Data Objects 3
  • noun ado busy activity; bustle; fuss. 1
  • noun ado Trouble or difficulty. 1

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Origin of ado

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English (north) at do, a phrase equivalent to at to (< Old Norse, which used at with the infinitive) + do do1

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Parts of speech for Ado


ado popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

ado usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for ado

noun ado

  • turmoil — a state of great commotion, confusion, or disturbance; tumult; agitation; disquiet: mental turmoil caused by difficult decisions.
  • to-do — bustle; fuss: They made a great to-do over the dinner.
  • travail — painfully difficult or burdensome work; toil.
  • confusion — If there is confusion about something, it is not clear what the true situation is, especially because people believe different things.
  • bother — If you do not bother to do something or if you do not bother with it, you do not do it, consider it, or use it because you think it is unnecessary or because you are too lazy.

Antonyms for ado

noun ado

  • calm — A calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.
  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • calmness — without rough motion; still or nearly still: a calm sea.
  • order — an authoritative direction or instruction; command; mandate.
  • peace — the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.

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