- as a matter of fact; extremely: I am only too glad to go.
- unfortunately; very: It is only too likely to happen.
Origin of only
Synonyms for only
Antonyms for only
Related Words for onlyalone, particularly, hardly, merely, purely, simply, entirely, solely, but, just, apart, exclusive, individual, isolated, lone, matchless, one, particular, peerless, single
- (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
Old English ænlic, anlic "only, unique, solitary," literally "one-like," from an "one" (see one) + -lic "-like" (see -ly (1)). Use as an adverb and conjunction developed in Middle English. Distinction of only and alone (now usually in reference to emotional states) is unusual; in many languages the same word serves for both. German also has a distinction in allein/einzig. Phrase only-begotten (mid-15c.) is biblical, translating Latin unigenitus, Greek monogenes. The Old English form was ancenned.
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