over·​dec·​o·​rate | \ ˌō-vər-ˈde-kə-ˌrāt How to pronounce overdecorate (audio) \
overdecorated; overdecorating

Definition of overdecorate

transitive + intransitive

: 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

Other Words from overdecorate

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 \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈde-​kə-​ˌrā-​shən How to pronounce overdecorate (audio) \ 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, in the meaning defined above

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“Overdecorate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdecorate. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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