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' ?


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.

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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! Aug 4 '18 at 13:39
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    You might say: I am small and my sister is little too (although that's not the sense of your question). Aug 4 '18 at 14:50
  • @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. Aug 4 '18 at 15:05

It depends on the context and the tone of the speaker/writer.

Literally, the two phrases have very different meanings. If something is "a little too ___," it means that something is just barely above an acceptable limit. For example, "the bath water is a little too hot, so I'll wait before I get in." If something is "very ___," then it means "to a high degree or extent." For example, if you say "the water is very hot," that implies that it is hotter than if you just said "the water is hot."

However, sometimes "a little too ___" can be used humorously or sarcastically to mean the opposite, implying that something is far beyond what's acceptable, especially if the speaker emphasizes "little." For example, "the gunshots were a LITTLE too close to my house" would probably mean someone fired a gun near your house and the bullets were close enough to make you very, very scared. In this case, the speaker is using understatement to emphasize just how terrified they were.

  • For what it's worth, a little (emphasis is not triggered yet) too(now emphasis is triggered) ____ It's kind of a way of telling something a slight euphemism implying the speaker is not seriously taking the situation but actually the situation is serious.
    – Brandon
    May 23 at 8:05

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