One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjective & adverbdated, informal
Used affectedly to convey that one finds something excessively annoying or fatiguing.as adverb ‘it had become too-too tiring’as adjective ‘it is all just too-too’
excessively, overly, over, unduly, immoderately, inordinately, unreasonably, ridiculously, to too great an degree, to too great an extent, extremely, veryView synonyms
- ‘But I think it's one of those reminders from the universe: don't get too-too comfortable in your little groove.’
- ‘I mean, if you're reading this blog on a regular basis, you're probably not too-too squeamish, but if you just got here - well, you've been warned.’
- ‘Gadsby uses fish of wonderful quality and freshness, but when faultless seared yellow-fin tuna slices meet sweet corn-and-chestnut risotto, plus a too-too truffle-oiled tomato and saffron broth, the center cannot hold.’
- ‘They have only two numbers together, and the film concludes with the too ghastly ‘Shall We Dance’ number, featuring, for the most part, not Ginger but the too-too ghastly H. H.’
- ‘Nothing too-too heavy, it's a shoot, not a scene.’
- ‘Being too-too hungry for info isn't always good.’
- ‘Build an outfit around one special jeweled item, something that's a little too-too for day but can go the extra party-hardy mile.’
Late 19th century: reduplication of too.
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