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allover

adjective all·over \ ˈȯl-ˌō-vər \
|Updated on: 28 Jun 2018

Definition of allover

: covering the whole extent or surface
  • a sweater with an allover pattern

Examples of allover in a Sentence

  1. a rug with an allover pattern

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First Known Use of allover

1771

in the meaning defined above

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allover

noun

Definition of allover

1 : an embroidered, printed, or lace fabric with a design covering most of the surface
2 : a pattern or design in which a single unit is repeated so as to cover an entire surface

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First Known Use of allover

1808

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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all over

adverb

Definition of all over

1 : over the whole extent
  • decorated all over with a flower pattern
2 : everywhere
  • looked all over for the book
3 : in every respect : thoroughly
  • she is her mother all over

Examples of all over in a Sentence

  1. I've looked all over—even outside—and I can't find my other shoe.

  2. his writing style is his mentor's all over

First Known Use of all over

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 3

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all over

preposition

Definition of all over

1 informal : in eagerly affectionate, attentive, or aggressive pursuit of (someone or something)
  • the band's fans were all over them
2 informal : very critical of (someone) in usually an angry or unreasonable way
  • the press was all over the coach after the loss

First Known Use of all over

1600

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of allover for English Language Learners

  • : covering the whole surface of something


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