Definition of too in English:



  • 1[as submodifier] To a higher degree than is desirable, permissible, or possible; excessively.

    ‘he was driving too fast’
    ‘he wore suits that seemed a size too small for him’
    • ‘Alice is probably lumping me in with the people who take the wrong things too seriously.’
    • ‘Its beauty is dependent on its dampness and greenness, and it looks awful when it is too dry.’
    • ‘However, if you leave it too late, or wait to see if rates fall further, you could lose out.’
    • ‘The judge said the offences were too serious for anything but a custodial sentence.’
    • ‘Work on the master plan needs to begin because the area has waited for too long already.’
    • ‘As it turned out, they arrived at the New Forest nursery too late and decided to head back.’
    • ‘The blokes took it all far too seriously and before long it got very competitive.’
    • ‘The court also said the cell phone companies waited too long to object to the rule.’
    • ‘The sauce was rich and tangy without ever becoming too hot, and the fish was nicely moist.’
    • ‘Most amateurs that I play with tend to try to hit the ball too hard, especially off the tee.’
    • ‘A small number in the queue do have an NHS dentist, but the wait is too long to see them.’
    • ‘As the blaze raged on fire chiefs decided it was too dangerous to tackle directly.’
    • ‘We decided it was too cold for a jet wash so I was sent back inside the garage for a token for the proper car wash.’
    • ‘These are not the answers you would expect from people too frightened to speak freely.’
    • ‘By the end, the film has become far too serious in its attitude and it becomes quite dreary.’
    • ‘Do you think that this is fair or is it too early to make a realistic judgment?’
    • ‘Just over half of those asked said waiting on hold for too long was their pet hate.’
    • ‘If one waits too long, then the patient can be so frail and unfit that surgery is no longer an option.’
    • ‘This project is too important to ever be hindered by a lack of funds or resources.’
    • ‘The ruby hue is due to tiny gold particles too small to see with the naked eye.’
    excessively, overly, over, unduly, immoderately, inordinately, unreasonably, ridiculously, to too great an degree, to too great an extent, extremely, very
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    1. 1.1informal Very.
      ‘you're too kind’
      • ‘I had to do a bit of work this morning but nothing too taxing, then I decided to rush off and find this cache.’
      • ‘It was not too uncommon for girls to pretend to be boys and sneak into the army.’
      • ‘She had some very important news to tell Jake, and she didn't want to have to wait too long!’
      • ‘At night, they slept as husband and wife, and she had to admit, he was not too awful with her.’
      • ‘We didn't have to wait too long before we got in and I must say that Santa was very good.’
  • 2In addition; also.

    ‘is he coming too?’
    • ‘The quote might be seen to have a resonance for his own situation as leader in waiting, too.’
    • ‘Michael took another step closer to her and she noticed that he too had slept in his clothes.’
    • ‘She was moved by this story and decided that she too must become a mathematician.’
    • ‘She then has to solve the riddle of the tape before she too falls victim to its curse.’
    • ‘Consider fixing up some bat boxes too, high up on a wall, near the eaves of the house or in a tall tree.’
    • ‘Once your hair is really long consider tying it back in a loose plait at bedtime too.’
    • ‘It had all happened so fast and now we too were bemused, not knowing what to do next.’
    • ‘He zeroes in on the face of an old woman, showing that the weak and elderly are victims too.’
    • ‘He was moving that day too and we decided to help each other, plus he'd got the van for free from his work.’
    • ‘The people of Barking did too, and they sent a strong message to the new government.’
    • ‘It was a marathon for them too - having to wait around in the pouring rain for six hours!’
    • ‘Our style was simple too: win the ball and get it to the backs as quickly as possible.’
    • ‘Thousands more workers will be terrified that they too could be caught in the jobs cull.’
    • ‘She has decided, too, to concentrate on her game for a few years to the exclusion of all else.’
    • ‘He was jostling for what could have been a strong points finish when he too was forced to retire.’
    • ‘There are lots of fun places to take the youngsters too, including zoos and water parks.’
    • ‘It all seems to be well put together too, with solid construction and good fit and finish.’
    • ‘Under the guise of sociology, the film manages to slip us a fair amount of gynaecology too.’
    • ‘Runs can come quickly, too, especially if the ball is new and there are gaps in the field.’
    • ‘I could see there was a lot of other stuff inside there too, and a lot more money besides.’
    also, as well, in addition, additionally, into the bargain, besides, furthermore, moreover, yet, on top of that, to boot
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    1. 2.1Moreover (used when adding a further point)
      ‘she is a grown woman, and a strong one too’
      • ‘For the same premiums you not only paid off the house but you got extra money too.’
      • ‘You know, it was good to see him back here, and I think he was strong all weekend, too.’
      • ‘They got a return match and won it too by four wickets at the same venue two weeks later.’
      • ‘Note too that we would not even consider this to be a coherent semantic field in English.’
      • ‘He knows every world leader on this planet, and possibly those on other planets too.’


  • all too ——

    • Used to emphasize that something is the case to an extreme or unwelcome extent.

      ‘failures are all too common’
      • ‘As a nurse manager of a nursing home in Malton I am all too familiar with this disgraceful scenario.’
      • ‘Use of inappropriate methods for the analysis of cost data is all too common.’
      • ‘Here is a story of our times - one which is all too common and all too regrettable.’
      • ‘Brief moments of brilliance gave the crowd room for cheer but it was all too fleeting.’
      • ‘Even so, bankers are all too aware of the notorious fragility of their sector.’
      • ‘It was mayhem, fuelled by bar staff and a pub industry all too willing to serve drink after drink after drink.’
      • ‘It's all too easy to get carried away at Christmas time - and spend the rest of the year paying for it.’
      • ‘Secondly, they may recall or understand all too well but deliberately dissemble.’
      • ‘He is all too aware that the season could have panned out very differently.’
      • ‘Despite the change in the law regarding this action, this sight is still all too common.’
  • none too ——

    • Far from; not very.

      ‘her sight's none too good’
      • ‘From what I can see, she's none too happy about the news media's performance.’
      • ‘My father was none too pleased that I was driving all the way to St. Louis.’
      • ‘Sadly, despite looking great, the website doesn't seem to have been updated recently and it's none too user-friendly.’
      • ‘In any event I was none too pleased that someone had defiled the book.’
      • ‘He is none too happy, but he grudgingly gives me the names.’
      • ‘I looked in the mirror and saw this crumpled old face peering back at me, dishevelled, none too clean, and in desperate need of a shave.’
      • ‘Then there was the lady who was none too happy about having to do the test at all.’
      • ‘He was none too impressed when we decided it was time to come home for his sleep.’
      • ‘As you can imagine, some sections of the political arena are none too happy about this.’
      • ‘This episode was filmed in the height of summer and Darren was none too happy about wearing his full uniform.’
  • only too

  • too bad

    • informal Used to indicate that something is regrettable but is now beyond retrieval.

      ‘too bad, but that's the way it is’
      • ‘It's too bad that most of his monologues were so focused on current events because it made them hard to watch now.’
      • ‘Some guests rarely venture out, which is too bad, since they miss the true magic of Madeira.’
      • ‘The fact is there is no queue but we still insist they are jumping one so that's just too bad.’
      • ‘Thicks lips are not supposed to be considered to be an aesthetic thing, so too bad.’
      • ‘It would be too bad if professional boxing had to be stopped because there is a lot of good talent here.’
      • ‘In a way it's too bad, but if he becomes a casualty, it will be his own fault.’
      • ‘Now when that means you lose a little money on the stock market or whatever, that's too bad.’
      • ‘The family photo isn't there, which is too bad because they picked a pretty good one.’
      • ‘It's called socialism, and if the rich squeal like pigs in a poke then too bad.’
      • ‘It's too bad, but this is still a country where those who speak the truth are targeted.’
    • informal

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  • too besides

    • Moreover; also.

      ‘‘You not listening, and too besides you don't have to shout at the damn bird so!’’
  • too far

  • too much

    • An intolerable, impossible, or exhausting situation or experience.

      ‘the effort proved too much for her’
      • ‘It is too much for us lesser mortals to understand fully what we are supporting and why.’
      • ‘My father felt like that was maybe a little bit too much for me, but how else do you learn?’
      • ‘Their outstanding quality was a little bit too much for us and it was a fair result.’
      • ‘Is it too much to ask to have a little drama surrounding my entrance into the world?’
      • ‘Sarcasm was obviously too much for his assailant as he jumped off the tube and ran away.’
      • ‘For a few though, the constant pressure gets too much and they have to bow out or fold up.’
      • ‘In the first leg of the race, it was very rough and I thought that it was too much for me.’
      • ‘It was quite good, if you like that sort of thing but it was all too much for the Royal couple.’
      • ‘She just goes ahead and does it, telling me to swear out loud if the pain gets too much.’
      • ‘Much as Clune likes stirring up a bit of a buzz, there are times when it can be too much even for her.’
  • too right

    • Used to express one's enthusiastic agreement with a statement.

      • ‘In news, Toploader say they've been ‘lucky’ - too right, mate.’
      • ‘This is another one of those ‘ocker Aussie characters’ being played by a drama school graduate whose idea of acting is to stomp around grunting ‘g'day scrubber, too right mate.’’


Old English, stressed form of to, spelled too from the 16th century.