over·​dress | \ ˌō-vər-ˈdres How to pronounce overdress (audio) \
overdressed; overdressing; overdresses

Definition of overdress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to dress or adorn to excess felt overdressed for the occasion in his tuxedo

intransitive verb

: to dress oneself to excess it's better to overdress for the party than be too casual


over·​dress | \ ˈō-vər-ˌdres How to pronounce overdress (audio) \

Definition of overdress (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dress worn over another

Examples of overdress in a Sentence

Verb He overdressed for such a casual party.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Our biggest challenge was learning not to overdress on our inner layer. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 23 Mar. 2021 While the movie is set in the 1940s, the tendency to overdress one’s children for cold weather is a timeless tradition. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 29 Oct. 2020 Hippos pile into a house—overdressed, with a guest, in a sack, through the back. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 8 Oct. 2019 In a post-street-style world, being overdressed is no longer considered a faux-pas—whether that translates to formal pajamas for brunch, daytime tulle, or yes, bedazzled stilettos with jeans just because. Ana Colon, Glamour, 30 Aug. 2018 They were overdressed — Higginbottom in his suspenders and Wright in red gladiator sandals — and uncomfortable. Vanessa Gregory, New York Times, 25 Apr. 2018 Rules: My mother always says you can't be overdressed just underdressed. Allison Carey, cleveland.com, 15 June 2017 WASHINGTON — Senator Bob Casey was overdressed for the resistance. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, 19 May 2017 Could Drake be accused of being overdressed for the first-ever awards dedicated to pro ball? Liza Corsillo, GQ, 28 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All three were bogged down by degrees of overdress. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Dec. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of overdress


1704, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1812, in the meaning defined above

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over·​dress | \ ˌō-vər-ˈdres How to pronounce overdress (audio) \
overdressed; overdressing

Kids Definition of overdress

: to dress in clothes too fancy for an occasion

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