ado

Someone who makes a lot of ado about things has a tendency to make them more busy or complicated than they need to be.

A flurry of activity or a lot of complaining about a little problem are both examples of ado. It's an old fashioned word, dating back to the fourteenth century, when it meant "conflict or trouble." "At do" was a Norse version of the English phrase "to do," which was eventually shortened to ado. The most famous use of the word is probably in the title of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

Definitions of ado
  1. noun
    a rapid active commotion
    synonyms: bustle, flurry, fuss, hustle, stir
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    type of:
    commotion, din, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumult
    the act of making a noisy disturbance
Commonly confused words

ado / adieu

An ado is a fuss, and adieu is French for farewell. They sound similar but aren't exactly twins. Ado sounds like "uh-doo" and adieu is like "a-dyoo," you know, in a cool French accent.

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