over·​an·​a·​lyt·​i·​cal ˌō-vər-ˌa-nə-ˈli-ti-kəl How to pronounce overanalytical (audio)
: excessively analytical
an overanalytical mind
… modern-day football's overanalytical approach to winning games.Dave Powell
I can be overanalytical, so forgive me if this sounds like an absurd exploration of the mundane.Benjamin Malakoff
What does he think when he receives my friend request? Will he read anything into it? … These questions may seem overanalytical, but they plague many of us nonetheless.Jessica Massa

Examples of overanalytical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take yourself out of your overanalytical mind and down into your feeling heart. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Dec. 2021 So, in fact, might many of his brethren, even those who mocked DeChambeau as an overanalytical eccentric. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 20 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overanalytical was in 1844

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“Overanalytical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overanalytical. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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