What does the word ado mean?

Usage examples for ado

  1. She threw her arms around her friend without more ado. – The Crisis, Volume 4 by Winston Churchill
  2. Ye shall not so, said Sir Uwaine, but ye shall have ado with me. – Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II) King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table by Thomas Malory
  3. Without more ado, he took a whip and gave the Donkey a hearty blow across the legs. – The Adventures of Pinocchio by C. Collodi--Pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini