all·​over | \ ˈȯl-ˌō-vər How to pronounce allover (audio) \

Definition of allover

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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



Definition of allover (Entry 2 of 4)

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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Definition of all over (Entry 3 of 4)

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

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Definition of all over (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for allover

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adverb

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Examples of allover in a Sentence

Adjective a rug with an allover pattern Adverb I've looked all over—even outside—and I can't find my other shoe. his writing style is his mentor's all over
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Appearing in Paris on Tuesday, Harry stepped on stage in a gray suit with allover glitter. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Wears Glitter Saint Laurent Suit in Paris," 15 Mar. 2018 The paintings seem to begin with an allover field of semiautomatic drawing: fast and furious squiggles, loops and grids, rendered in graphite and charcoal and annotated with watery color. Roberta Smith, Martha Schwendener, Jason Farago And Will Heinrich, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 7 Feb. 2018 Marc Jacobs Grand glitter platform sneakers, $275, Barneys New York These slip-ons have everything: a platform sole, allover glitter coating, a bow detail (like the one made popular by the aforementioned Fenty Puma line). Leeann Duggan, Glamour, "18 Sneakers to Buy After You've Worn Out Your Stan Smiths," 4 Aug. 2017 In an effort to combat the damaging free radicals that lead to macular degeneration, Occugard's Blutein Protection supplement combines antioxidants like lutein, which helps to filter high-energy blue light, and Vitamin A to boost allover eye health. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 New Beauty Supplements That Will Help You Look and Feel Better," 4 Aug. 2017 In 2017, the best swim trunks run the gamut from bold Baywatch-level shorts to those with allover patterns as bold as a Hawaiian shirt. Liza Corsillo, GQ, "3 Swim Trunks That You Can Also Work Out In," 25 July 2017 In addition, some of the Pleasures pieces, including the checkerboard track pants ($100) and allover print camp shirts ($80), are currently available via online pre-order to ship by July 1. Adam Tschorn,, "At Made LA, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa make the traditional runway show disappear in a puff of smoke," 14 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There is a jacket [in the collection] that has a kind of twisted monogram, almost like an allover pattern rather than a centralized graphic. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Craig Green Reveals a New Moncler Genius Collection: “Everything We Were Thinking About Was Linked to Nature”," 13 Apr. 2021 This type of allover hair shedding is also common in women in the postpartum and peri- and postmenopausal stages. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, "Your Hair Is Also Experiencing Pandemic-Related Stress. Here’s What to Do.," 24 Mar. 2021 This allover checkerboard tote bag by M/SF/T is sure to turn into your go-to bag for running errands or grabbing groceries. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "32 stylish, top-rated tote bags that will make your life so much easier," 23 Feb. 2021 Another common type is telogen effluvium (TE), or allover shedding due to hormones or health issues such as thyroid or autoimmune disease and anemia. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "15 Simple Ways to Make Your Hair Grow Longer, Faster, According to Experts," 23 Dec. 2020 His allover oils are vibrant and freewheeling, yet carefully worked. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Juried competition puts regional artists at center stage," 23 Oct. 2020 As a journalist, the allover newsprint thigh-skimming tank dress with the word FAKE in red across the front to create a Fake News costume just plain hurts. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, "‘Sexy mail-in ballot’ and ‘sexy hand sanitizer’: 2020 Halloween costumes have arrived," 16 Oct. 2020 This allover body moisturizer from Kiehl's has just about 5 stars from over 1,100 reviews—and this year, it's heavily discounted for the Nordstrom sale. Samantha Matt, USA TODAY, "15 awesome things from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to buy now before they sell out," 18 Aug. 2020 Crafted from pure, lightweight cotton, this skirt features a set-on waistband, allover box pleats for a flattering full silhouette, and a center back zip closure. Mark Heim |, al, "Brooks Brothers files for bankruptcy, offers up to 70 percent off select items," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of allover


1771, in the meaning defined above


1808, in the meaning defined at sense 2


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Allover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of allover

: covering the whole surface of something

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