: often trying to control the behavior of other people in an annoying or unwanted way
: harshly and haughtily arrogant
— over·bear·ing·ly \-iŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of OVERBEARING
- He had to deal with his overbearing mother.
- Her husband's overbearing manner made her miserable.
First Known Use of OVERBEARING
Related to OVERBEARING
- arch, big, capital, cardinal, central, chief, dominant, first, grand, great, greatest, highest, key, leading, main, master, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, foremost, overmastering, overriding, paramount, predominant, preeminent, premier, primal, primary, principal, prior, sovereign (also sovran), supreme
- last, least
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