overbearing

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adjective over·bear·ing \ˌō-vər-ˈber-iŋ\

Definition of overbearing

  1. 1a :  tending to overwhelm :  overpowering had to deal with his overbearing motherb :  decisively important :  dominant didn't think it was the overbearing consideration here — J. S. Cooper

  2. 2 :  harshly and haughtily arrogant the mayor's overbearing manner of dealing with employees

overbearingly

play \ˌō-vər-ˈber-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of overbearing in a Sentence

  1. He had to deal with his overbearing mother.

  2. Her husband's overbearing manner made her miserable.

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First Known Use of overbearing

1614

Synonym Discussion of overbearing

proud, arrogant, haughty, lordly, insolent, overbearing, supercilious, disdainful mean showing scorn for inferiors. proud may suggest an assumed superiority or loftiness. too proud to take charity arrogant implies a claiming for oneself of more consideration or importance than is warranted. a conceited and arrogant executive haughty suggests a consciousness of superior birth or position. a haughty aristocrat lordly implies pomposity or an arrogant display of power. a lordly condescension insolent implies contemptuous haughtiness. ignored by an insolent waiter overbearing suggests a tyrannical manner or an intolerable insolence. an overbearing supervisor supercilious implies a cool, patronizing haughtiness. an aloof and supercilious manner disdainful suggests a more active and openly scornful superciliousness. disdainful of their social inferiors

OVERBEARING Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of overbearing for English Language Learners

  • : often trying to control the behavior of other people in an annoying or unwanted way


OVERBEARING Defined for Kids

overbearing

adjective over·bear·ing \ˌō-vər-ˈber-iŋ\

Definition of overbearing for Students

  1. :  acting in a proud or bossy way toward other people



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