From Northern Middle English at do (“to do”), supine of do, don (“to do”), see do. Influenced by Old Norse practice of marking supines using the preposition at, att (compare Danish at gå (“to go”)). More at at, do.
- trouble; troublesome business; fuss
- 1596-99?, William Shakespeare,The Merchant of Venice, Act I, scene i:
- 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience
- Probably a crab would be filled with a sense of personal outrage if it could hear us class it without ado or apology as a crustacean, and thus dispose of it. “I am no such thing,” it would say; “I am myself, myself alone.”
- See also Thesaurus:commotion
doing; trouble; difficulty; troublesome business; fuss; bustle; as, to make a great ado about trifles
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