overdecorate

verb, transitive + intransitive over·dec·o·rate \ ˌō-vər-ˈde-kə-ˌrāt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overdecorate

overdecorated; overdecorating
:to decorate (something) too elaborately or extensively
  • The children overdecorated the cake.
  • overdecorated the Christmas tree with ornaments and tinsel
  • "After the years of excess and overdecorating … people are reverting to a more classic and simple way of living."
  • —David Easton

overdecorated

adjective
    • … rejected overdecorated Victorian styles in favor of a spare simplicity that featured geometric shapes and unadorned surfaces.
    • —Jonathan Raimes and Lakshmi Bhaskaran
    • The Depression-era set decoration is perfect, and you get to appreciate all of it because Haynes lingers on each stucco bungalow, each deserted seaside road, each overdecorated Beverly Hills manse.
    • —Stephen King

overdecoration

play \ˌō-vər-ˈde-kə-ˌrā-shən\ noun
    • The simple lines sketched by the architects avoided any effect of massiveness or overdecoration.
    • —Paul W. Keating
    • During the Renaissance and post-Renaissance, when urban development produced an air of luxury and richness, there was an ever-increasing tendency toward overdecoration—to a point where the original form was lost and the function obscured.
    • —Henry Dreyfuss

First Known Use of overdecorate

1865


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