Definition of too in US English:

too

adverb

  • 1as 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’
    • ‘The ruby hue is due to tiny gold particles too small to see with the naked eye.’
    • ‘If one waits too long, then the patient can be so frail and unfit that surgery is no longer an option.’
    • ‘As it turned out, they arrived at the New Forest nursery too late and decided to head back.’
    • ‘The judge said the offences were too serious for anything but a custodial sentence.’
    • ‘This project is too important to ever be hindered by a lack of funds or resources.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, if you leave it too late, or wait to see if rates fall further, you could lose out.’
    • ‘These are not the answers you would expect from people too frightened to speak freely.’
    • ‘The court also said the cell phone companies waited too long to object to the rule.’
    • ‘Just over half of those asked said waiting on hold for too long was their pet hate.’
    • ‘Work on the master plan needs to begin because the area has waited for too long already.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the end, the film has become far too serious in its attitude and it becomes quite dreary.’
    • ‘A small number in the queue do have an NHS dentist, but the wait is too long to see them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The blokes took it all far too seriously and before long it got very competitive.’
    • ‘As the blaze raged on fire chiefs decided it was too dangerous to tackle directly.’
    • ‘Do you think that this is fair or is it too early to make a realistic judgment?’
    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’
      • ‘It was not too uncommon for girls to pretend to be boys and sneak into the army.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I had to do a bit of work this morning but nothing too taxing, then I decided to rush off and find this cache.’
      • ‘She had some very important news to tell Jake, and she didn't want to have to wait too long!’
  • 2In addition; also.

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

Phrases

  • all too —

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

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

    • Far from; not very.

      ‘her sight's none too good’
      • ‘Then there was the lady who was none too happy about having to do the test at all.’
      • ‘In any event I was none too pleased that someone had defiled the book.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is none too happy, but he grudgingly gives me the names.’
      • ‘Sadly, despite looking great, the website doesn't seem to have been updated recently and it's none too user-friendly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My father was none too pleased that I was driving all the way to St. Louis.’
      • ‘He was none too impressed when we decided it was time to come home for his sleep.’
      • ‘From what I can see, she's none too happy about the news media's performance.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

too

/to͞o//tu/