overarticulate

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

Definition of overarticulate

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

First Known Use of overarticulate

1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Overarticulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overarticulate. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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