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Northern Middle English at do ("to do"), supine of Middle English do, don "to do". Influenced by Old Norse practice of marking supines using the preposition at, att (compare Danish at gå "to go"). More at at, do
- To do; in doing; as, there is nothing ado.
- Doing; trouble; difficulty; troublesome business; fuss; bustle; as, to make a great ado about trifles.
- See also Wikisaurus:commotion
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Apocopic form of adolescent.
ado m, f (plural ados)