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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.

  1. more, as specified, than should be: too near the fire.

  2. (used as an affirmative to contradict a negative statement): I am too!

  3. extremely; very: She wasn't too pleased with his behavior.

Idioms about too

  1. only too. only (def. 10).

Origin of too

First recorded before 900; Middle English to, Old English, stressed variant of to (for the adverb); spelling too since the 16th century

Words that may be confused with too

Words Nearby too Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use too in a sentence

  • Coppy, in a tone of too-hastily-assumed authority, had told her over night that she must not ride out by the river.

  • From time to time Lockhart gave vent to a grim laugh, and Spivin displayed his feelings in a too-amiable smile.

    The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
  • Sylvan scenes, with a dash of human savagery in the foreground, form the best relief for a too-extended assimilation of books.

    Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
  • Then she looked more hopeful as her eyes rested on Betty, who was sorting the contents of a too-crowded dresser drawer.

  • Characteristically, this weakness seems to have taken the form of a too-generous estimate of his fellows.

    The Fatal Dowry | Philip Massinger

British Dictionary definitions for too


/ (tuː) /

  1. as well; in addition; also: can I come too?

  2. in or to an excessive degree; more than a fitting or desirable amount: I have too many things to do

  1. extremely: you're too kind

  2. US and Canadian informal indeed: used to reinforce a command: you will too do it!

  3. too right! British, Australian and NZ certainly; indeed

Origin of too

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


See very

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other 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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