Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “too bad”

too bad

B1 If you say something is too bad , you can mean either that you feel sympathy about a problem , or that you do not. The difference is in what is being talked about and the way that you say it: It's too bad that you can't come to see Mark in his school play . "I can't come on Friday ." "That's too bad - I've already bought the tickets so you'll still have to pay ."Sympathy and compassion Grammar:TooToo is an adverb.Grammar:Too meaning ‘more than enough’We use too meaning ‘more than enough’ in different positions.Grammar:Too meaning ‘also’We can use too to mean ‘also’. It is more common than also in informal situations. We normally use it at the end of the clause:
(Definition of too bad from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Sympathy & compassion, but you might be interested in these topics from the Kind and unkind topic area:

More definitions for “too bad”

Translations of “too bad”

Word of the Day

prenuptial agreement

an official document signed by two people before they get married that says what will happen to their possessions and/or children if they divorce (= officially stop being married)

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More