- as a matter of fact; extremely: I am only too glad to go.
- unfortunately; very: It is only too likely to happen.
British Dictionary definitions for only too
- (adjective) incomparable; unique
- (as noun) the object of all one's loveyou are my one and only
- (intensifier)he was only too pleased to help
- most regrettably (esp in the phrase only too true)
Word Origin for only
Idioms and Phrases with only too (1 of 2)
At the very least, as a matter of fact, as in I know only too well that I can't win the lottery. This usage was first recorded in 1817.
Very, extremely, as in I am only too glad to help. This usage was first recorded in 1899.
Idioms and Phrases with only too (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with only
- only game in town, the
- only too
- beauty is only skin deep
- have an eye (eyes only) for
- if only
- in name only
- not the only fish in the sea
- one and only