overalert

adjective

over·​alert ˌō-vər-ə-ˈlərt How to pronounce overalert (audio)
: excessively alert
… has long feared that he will get himself shot by an overalert bodyguard … Helena de Bertodano
The anxious person looks overalert, displayed in ways such as sitting forward in a chair; moving fingers, arms, or legs; getting up and moving; pacing around the room; checking certain parts of clothing; and straightening ties or scarves. Arthur H. Jeske
overalertness noun
… the company … increased the settlement offer to $1,000 after blaming the incident on overalertness for fraud. Meggen Lindsay

Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overalert was in 1832

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Cite this Entry

“Overalert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overalert. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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