all·over | \ˈȯl-ˌō-vər \

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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Examples of allover in a Sentence


a rug with an allover pattern


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

For the ceremony, which was held at Kirkton of Rayne church, Leslie wore an elegant long-sleeve Elie Saab gown with allover lace, a sheer neckline and slim belt at the waist. Lindy Segal,, "See What the Game of Thrones Cast Wore to Kit Harington and Rose Leslie's Wedding," 25 June 2018 Image Perhaps not surprising in a country renowned for calligraphy, several of these artists (Mr. Shiraga included) probably did more with Jackson Pollock’s allover compositions and innovative drip techniques than their American counterparts. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Japanese Gutai in the 1950s: Fast and Fearless," 14 June 2018 With its allover collage of rifle targets, national flags and United States currency, the 1986 painting that gives the show its title could easily be re-dated to 2018. New York Times, "He Spoke Out During the AIDS Crisis. See Why His Art Still Matters.," 12 July 2018 The look is a vintage Fendi look with an allover logo design that’s re-emerged as one of the biggest trends of the season. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Wears a Fendi Two-Piece Towel Outfit," 22 June 2018 Trippy ’70s-era florals and riotous allover prints turned up on luxe clown clothes. Adam Tschorn,, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018 Reinhart, 21, stepped onto the event’s red carpet wearing a white gown with an allover pink floral print, which featured a sheer bustier-style long-sleeve top and a peplum waistline. Jillian Ruffo,, "Lili Reinhart Steps Out of Her Fashion 'Comfort Zone' in Floral Dress at the 2018 CFDA Awards," 4 June 2018 Speaking of the eyes, Simkin decided on an allover silver look inspired by the legendary Diana Ross. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Issa Rae's Makeup Artist Joanna Simkin Breaks Down Her 2018 CFDA Awards Look," 4 June 2018 Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has been caught in a rather embarrassing video that has gone viral allover Twitter, and fans are loving it., "WATCH: Exuberant Jamie Carragher Leads Mo Salah Chant Ahead of Champions League Final," 26 May 2018

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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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: covering the whole surface of something

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