overdramatic

adjective

over·​dra·​mat·​ic ˌō-vər-drə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce overdramatic (audio)
: excessively dramatic : melodramatic
… true crime shows, complete with overdramatic narrators … Lauren Zupkus
… [scammers] will post links with shocking or overdramatic headlines … Kirstin Davis
… I was told that there was nothing wrong, everyone was dealing with the same thing, and I was just being overdramatic. Ellen Scott
overdramatically adverb
crying overdramatically
read from the script overdramatically

Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overdramatic was in 1861

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“Overdramatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdramatic. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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