Adjective "ado" definition and examples

(Ado may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/əˈduː/

Definitions and examples

noun

A state of agitation or fuss.
  1. 'Charmian tutted to herself at such dark thoughts, and with no further ado, stepped into the river.'
  2. 'When she became the UK's oldest citizen last December, she commented that it was much ado about nothing.'
  3. 'So without further ado, I'll tell you about the value of these two really important books from our past.'
  4. 'Much ado about nothing, maybe, but when it comes to nosey and cynical journalists, few believe there can ever be smoke without fire.'
  5. 'The new EEC was still considered peripheral, termed ‘much ado about nothing’ by Conservative Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd.'
  6. 'With little ado, and no sales patter, I was allowed to take the Chevy for a test drive.'
  7. 'Without further ado, here are ten lessons that I urged these young people to learn.'
  8. 'Without further ado, he was allowed to continue his recitation of Belli's poetry.'
  9. 'With no further ado Amy lifted up the knife and fork and cut a small chunk out of the pie.'
  10. 'Many participants - not to mention reporters for other news sites - thought the debate was much ado about nothing, sort of an anti-climax.'
  11. 'I hastened there without delay or ado'
  12. '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.'
  13. 'With much ado, he places a mirror in front of him so he can see what is going on behind.'

More definitions

1. busy activity; bustle; fuss.

More examples(as adjective)

"projects can be ado."

Origin

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.

Phrase

what's ado
without further (or more) ado