[ too ]
/ tu /


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

Idioms for too

    only too. only(def 10).

Origin of too

before 900; Middle English to, Old English, stressed variant of to (adv.); spelling too since the 16th century


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British Dictionary definitions for too

/ (tuː) /


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

Word Origin for too

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

undefined too

See very
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Idioms and Phrases with too


In addition to the idioms beginning with too

  • too bad
  • too big for one's britches
  • too close for comfort
  • too close to call
  • too good to be true
  • too little, too late
  • tool up
  • too many cooks spoil the broth
  • too much of a good thing

also see:

  • carry too far
  • (too) close to home
  • eat one's cake and have it, too
  • go too far
  • irons in the fire, too many
  • life is too short
  • none too
  • not (too) bad
  • only too
  • speak too soon
  • spread oneself too thin
  • take on (too much)


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