Definition of too in English:


Syllabification: too
Pronunciation: /to͞o


  • 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
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    • A small number in the queue do have an NHS dentist, but the wait is too long to see them.
    • However, if you leave it too late, or wait to see if rates fall further, you could lose out.
    • Work on the master plan needs to begin because the area has waited for too long already.
  • 1.1 informal Very: you’re too kind
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    • 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!


all too ——

Used to emphasize that something is the case to an extreme or unwelcome extent: failures are all too common
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  • Here is a story of our times - one which is all too common and all too regrettable.
  • Despite the change in the law regarding this action, this sight is still all too common.
  • 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
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  • In any event I was none too pleased that someone had defiled the book.
  • 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.

only too

see only.

too bad

see bad.

too far

see far.

too much

see much.


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

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