over·​ag·​gres·​sive ˌō-vər-ə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce overaggressive (audio)
: excessively aggressive
a child displaying overaggressive behavior in school
overaggressive drivers
… unnecessary care such as antibiotics for the common cold or overaggressive treatment of diabetes, leading to sometimes fatal hypoglycemia.Dan Morgan
overaggressively adverb
driving overaggressively
We would call the show overaggressively quirky if it weren't so amusing. The Boston Globe
overaggressiveness noun
overaggressiveness almost cost her the title. Barry McDermott

Examples of overaggressive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An overaggressive quarterback who holds the ball too long will be playing right into Oklahoma State’s hands. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, 27 Nov. 2021 An overaggressive Joseph bit on a double move, allowing Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones to catch a 59-yard touchdown from quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Dallas News, 18 Dec. 2022 If opponents continue to crowd the box this season, or get overaggressive in their run pursuit, the Ravens could be well served to counter with RPOs that exploit open throwing lanes. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 22 July 2021 And certainly Bam Adebayo can get overaggressive on the perimeter. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 16 Mar. 2023 In a few cases, Booth tried to make a quick move in press coverage but lost the matchup due to an overaggressive move. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 22 Apr. 2022 Not become overaggressive because somebody bumped you. Annie Grossinger, Curbed, 16 Dec. 2022 He’s admittedly made a series of overaggressive on-track moves that have strained some relationships, but the 29-year-old Chastain is torn on how to proceed. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 3 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overaggressive was in 1859

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“Overaggressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overaggressive. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


over·​ag·​gres·​sive ˌō-və-rə-ˈgres-iv How to pronounce overaggressive (audio)
: excessively aggressive
an overaggressive personality
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