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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Take, for example, the resurgence of the allover pattern room. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 25 May 2022 On luggage, the Trefoil was joined by the Gucci logo spelled backwards, while the horsebit crossbody and tote were decked out in an allover trefoil print. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, 10 May 2022 The 11 pictures at Hemphill Artworks, unexhibited for many years, shift from allover compositions to ones in which the watery colors are stacked horizontally, although still lushly blended. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2022 His paintings often capture a particular gray, allover light, in which the sun struggles (and fails) to make it through the clouds and the horizon is lost in a confusion of haze. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 An additional visual touch comes by way of the prints that adorn the packaging and the vape pens: a black-and-white snakeskin for Amplify products, a dark and dusky tropical floral for Offline and an allover PG logo for Muse. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2021 To achieve an allover pattern like this, de Gournay begins with a detailed drawing. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 4 June 2021 Appearing in Paris on Tuesday, Harry stepped on stage in a gray suit with allover glitter. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, 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, 7 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Others have mixed a few drops of the highlighter directly into their foundation for an allover glow. Lauren Dana, Glamour, 26 May 2022 The star of Spencer wore a custom pink gown with allover embroidery by Dolce & Gabbana. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 One side has the grippy fibers of a classic microfiber pad—just right for wiping up dust and allover cleaning. Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Mar. 2022 In these images, elegant figures dressed in head-to-toe onesies and allover masks wear flowing wigs of flowers. Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2022 Perhaps that’s why so many brands—from Givenchy, Paco Rabanne and Prada to Officine Générale, Alex Mill and Ann Mashburn—enthusiastically endorsed high-neck knitwear this season, rendering it in both strong hues and allover patterns. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, 13 Jan. 2022 The Oscar nominee wore an allover sequin black pants outfit by Haider Ackermann, plus jewelry by Cartier, chic black sunglasses and polished leather boots. Hanna Flanagan,, 10 Nov. 2021 There, inspired by the mass, density and simple geometry of the Colosseum and the Pantheon, as well as the pyramids on a trip to Egypt, Whitney began to collapse and compress the space surrounding the elements in his allover compositions. New York Times, 29 Oct. 2021 It’s a dusty rose-hued, feathery, and sparkly dress, complemented by an allover ostrich-feather coat. Nick Remsen, Vogue, 22 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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30 May 2022

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“Allover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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