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[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.
only too. only (def 10).
before 900; Middle English to, Old English, stressed variant of to (adv.); spelling too since the 16th century
Can be confused
to, too, two. Unabridged
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Examples for too
  • Others have suggested that the hosts either can't recognize foreign eggs or are too small to remove them.
  • Nothing-yet-has been tested in humans, so don't get too excited.
  • With the invention of photography, it became the business of the photographer too.
  • too often, such protests are going unheard among collectors.
  • Then the police said it was too dangerous to walk around the neighborhood alone toting expensive camera gear.
  • The combination of virtues-musical, intellectual, personal-is simply too implausible.
  • It is too quaint, too precious for that, but it is a place to breathe.
  • So the basic story may be, if anything, a bit too familiar.
  • Mistletoe would only be placed in aristocratic homes because it would be much too expensive for the average family to buy.
  • We're not going to want to eliminate executive power or even inhibit the president to too great an extent.
British Dictionary definitions for too


as well; in addition; also can I come too?
in or to an excessive degree; more than a fitting or desirable amount I have too many things to do
extremely you're too kind
(US & Canadian, informal) indeed: used to reinforce a command you will too do it!
(Brit & Austral, NZ) too right!, certainly; indeed
Word Origin
Old English tō; related to Old Frisian, Old Saxon to, Old High German zou; see to1
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Word Origin and History for too
"in addition, in excess," late O.E., stressed variant of O.E. 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. Ger. zu unites the senses of Eng. 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
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