overalert

adjective over·alert \ ˌō-vər-ə-ˈlərt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overalert

: 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

First Known Use of overalert

1832


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