overbold

adjective
over·​bold | \ ˌō-vər-ˈbōld How to pronounce overbold (audio) \

Definition of overbold

: excessively bold: such as
a : having or showing an undue lack of fear or caution : rash, foolhardy an overbold assertion/plan Advanced canoeists call overbold beginners "turkeys," and there usually are flocks of them out in rented canoes on waters where they don't belong.— Gail Bradshaw
b : excessively presumptuous or impudent … beldams as you are, / Saucy and overbold— William Shakespeare He was, perhaps, overbold in daring his bosses to punish him …— Kevin Cook
c : excessively prominent or conspicuous It styles itself as a boutique hotel, but the decor is fairly old-fashioned, with patterned carpets and overbold wallpapers.— Nick Trend

First Known Use of overbold

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Overbold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overbold. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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