overbold

adjective over·bold \ ˌō-vər-ˈbōld \

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

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