[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. tontine,
  2. tonto,
  3. tonus,
  4. tony,
  5. tony curtis,
  6. too bad,
  7. too big for one's britches,
  8. too close for comfort,
  9. too close to call,
  10. too good to be true


    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

Can be confusedto too two Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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


See very

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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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