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  1. in addition; also; furthermore; moreover: young, clever, and rich too.
  2. to an excessive extent or degree; beyond what is desirable, fitting, or right: too sick to travel.
  3. more, as specified, than should be: too near the fire.
  4. (used as an affirmative to contradict a negative statement): I am too!
  5. extremely; very: She wasn't too pleased with his behavior.
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  1. only too. only(def 10).
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Origin of too

before 900; Middle English to, Old English, stressed variant of to (adv.); spelling too since the 16th century
Can be confusedto too two
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British Dictionary definitions for too


  1. as well; in addition; alsocan I come too?
  2. in or to an excessive degree; more than a fitting or desirable amountI have too many things to do
  3. extremelyyou're too kind
  4. US and Canadian informal indeed: used to reinforce a commandyou will too do it!
  5. too right! British, Australian and NZ certainly; indeed
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Word Origin

Old English tō; related to Old Frisian, Old Saxon to, Old High German zou; see to 1


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Word Origin and History for too


"in addition, in excess," late Old English, stressed variant of Old English prep. to "in the direction of, furthermore" (see to). The spelling with -oo is first recorded 1590. Use after a verb, for emphasis (e.g. did, too!) is attested from 1914. German zu unites the senses of English to and too. Slang too-too "excessive in social elegance" first recorded 1881. Too much "excellent" first recorded 1937 in jazz slang.

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Idioms and Phrases with too


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