over·​con·​fi·​dent ˌō-vər-ˈkän-fə-dənt How to pronounce overconfident (audio)
: excessively or unjustifiably confident : having too much confidence (as in one's abilities or judgment)
an overconfident driver
wasn't overconfident about their chances of winning
… he often starts cold, missing a few shots, allowing his opponent to get on a roll, to get overconfident.Brett Forrest
overconfidently adverb
overconfidently predicted the team would win

Examples of overconfident in a Sentence

the overconfident quarterback made some careless decisions that cost him the game
Recent Examples on the Web The mentally strong have found the right middle ground between overconfident and paralyzed by fear of failure. Scott Mautz, Contributor, CNBC, 12 July 2024 Jim: Maybe the best-case scenario for Democrats is that Trump, overconfident from his current surge, starts venting his spleen and seeming even more unhinged. James Hohmann, Washington Post, 9 July 2024 As any European will tell you, presumably from under a funny hat and through a cloud of cigarette smoke, the U.S. squad is often overeager, overconfident and overmatched—a trifecta of traits that can be used to describe an awful lot of us. Anthony Crupi, Sportico.com, 28 June 2024 Sachs’s Vienna is a vibrant and petty place, full of insecure authorities and overconfident revolutionaries seeking to overturn everything established. Robert Rubsam, Washington Post, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for overconfident 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1617, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overconfident was circa 1617

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“Overconfident.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overconfident. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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