over·​ar·​tic·​u·​late ˌō-vər-är-ˈti-kyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce overarticulate (audio)
overarticulated; overarticulating

transitive + intransitive

: to articulate (a word or sound) to an extreme or excessive degree
The cast has no knack for … the vernacular of lower-class New Englanders; they consistently overarticulate their "ain'ts" …J. Kelly Nestruck
When you present, don't be afraid to overarticulate words. What seems overdone to you will sound clear and crisp to your listeners.Tora Estep

Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overarticulate was in 1921

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“Overarticulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overarticulate. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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