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overbearing

adjective

Simple Definition of overbearing

  • : often trying to control the behavior of other people in an annoying or unwanted way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of overbearing

  1. 1 a :  tending to overwhelm :  overpowering b :  decisively important :  dominant

  2. 2 :  harshly and haughtily arrogant

overbearingly play \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of overbearing in a sentence

  1. He had to deal with his overbearing mother.

  2. Her husband's overbearing manner made her miserable.



1614

First Known Use of overbearing

1614

Synonym Discussion of overbearing

proud, arrogant, haughty, lordly, insolent, overbearing, supercilious, disdainful mean showing scorn for inferiors. proud may suggest an assumed superiority or loftiness <too proud to take charity>. arrogant implies a claiming for oneself of more consideration or importance than is warranted <a conceited and arrogant executive>. haughty suggests a consciousness of superior birth or position <a haughty aristocrat>. lordly implies pomposity or an arrogant display of power <a lordly condescension>. insolent implies contemptuous haughtiness <ignored by an insolent waiter>. overbearing suggests a tyrannical manner or an intolerable insolence <an overbearing supervisor>. supercilious implies a cool, patronizing haughtiness <an aloof and supercilious manner>. disdainful suggests a more active and openly scornful superciliousness <disdainful of their social inferiors>.

Rhymes with overbearing


OVERBEARING Defined for Kids

overbearing

adjective over·bear·ing \ˌō-vər-ˈber-iŋ\

Definition of overbearing for Students

  1. :  acting in a proud or bossy way toward other people





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