Meaning of the phrase "little too"?


Does the phrase 'little too' mean same as 'very', or is it mild form of very ? For instance, I am little too comfortable talking to you. Does it mean same as 'I am very comfortable talking to you' ?


Posted 2018-08-04T12:09:26.663

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First of all, it should probably be "I am a little too comfortable talking to you".

And being "a little too X" doesn't exactly mean you're "very X" - just to a degree that you consider slightly above the limit. So being "a little too comfortable" talking to someone means that you're just slightly more comfortable talking than you feel is appropriate.

Also note that depending on the delivery, it might either be a genuine concern, or a joking acknowledgement of the relationship growing.

Maciej Stachowski

Posted 2018-08-04T12:09:26.663

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I suspect OP has simply used the wrong construction. It's not all that easy to contrive a context where the words as presented might be credible. On the other hand, many of us might be saying things like *It's a little too hot for me today* - and probably most of those would actually be "facetious understatement", where the true meaning is *It's much too hot!* – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica – 2018-08-04T13:39:56.963

You might say: I am small and my sister is little too (although that's not the sense of your question). – Ronald Sole – 2018-08-04T14:50:43.733

@FumbleFingers let's say you don't know someone well, you go out for a beer and start talking about some personal things. You could say "I'm a little too comfortable talking to you" meaning that you're concerned - genuinely or facetiously - that you're talking about such things comfortably with someone you barely know. – Maciej Stachowski – 2018-08-04T15:05:34.017