Definitions

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  • adj. Crazy, mad, strangely behaving; especially as attributed to hot weather.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Too much.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, too much; excessively.

Etymologies

From tropical +‎ -o (“diminutive suffix”). First used by Australian troops in tropical regions during WWII, in the sense “affected by war service in the tropics.” [2] (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Oh, not a great deal more than a smattering," he replied airily -- a truthful answer, inasmuch as a vocabulary consisting simply of _ "quanty costy" _ and _ "troppo" _ cannot be seriously considered much more than a smattering.

    His Own People

  • Brendel's influence again surfaced, or so it seemed, in the last movement, set in a self-disciplined tempo that was just the right amount of non troppo, meaning that the ear could pick out all of the inner gears of this music turning individually and making the ultra-fast coda stand out all the more.

    Ionarts

  • Se passiamo a mangiare troppo tempo, non avremo tempo per fare l'amore, he said.

    Turista

  • Italiano · Luce alla Nigeria: quando è troppo è troppo

    Global Voices in English » Light Up Nigeria: Enough Is Enough

  • The concluding fugue had just the right amount of "not too much" in its allegro ma non troppo tempo marking, with each statement of the subject clearly voiced.

    Pianist Till Fellner ends Beethoven sonata cycle with restrained refinement

  • Giorgio Orsoni tried to defend the campaign in Saturday's Corriere della Sera, explaining that he had blocked an apparently even more garish sponsor while conceding the ads were "un po 'troppo colorata," and perhaps not in the best taste.

    Burning Bridges in Venice

  • For days on end we'd seen no one but our bored selves morning, noon and night until a kind of unspoken cabin fever had set in over these wide open spaces, serene nature, and the distant sea: three Robinson Crusoes and a Friday gone troppo?

    Banano's Bar

  • Although as an animator Bruno Bozetto for his film Allegro non troppo which was a humorous take on the Disney classic Fantasia.

    El Señor Rossi » Fanboy.com

  • Quando le due parti si sono ben incollate, aggiungo un cucchiaino di confettura per bilanciare il sapore, altrimenti troppo burroso … Sono squisiti!

    Ovis Mollis « Baking History

  • No. 2 opens with the most problematic movement in the cycle: This Allegro, ma non troppo can easily drag.

    Schumann on CD

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  • To go troppo = to go crazy because of the heat (Australian slang)

    "They were boys with the voices of men, and it sent the Lamb girls absolutely troppo."
    Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, p 63 of the Graywolf Press hardcover edition

    March 30, 2010