overcomplicated

adjective over·com·pli·cat·ed \ ˌō-vər-ˈkäm-plə-ˌkā-təd \

Definition of overcomplicated

: complicated to an excessive degree : overly difficult to understand or explain
  • an overcomplicated system/plot
  • overcomplicated assembly instructions
  • The dishes were never overcomplicated, yet were subtly complex …
  • —Thomas Matthews

overcomplicate

play \ˌō-vər-ˈkäm-plə-ˌkāt\ transitive verb overcomplicated; overcomplicating
    • no need to overcomplicate the process
    • … just watch the ball and hit it and try not to overcomplicate things.
    • —Colin Munro

First Known Use of overcomplicated

1832

in the meaning defined above

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