overdry

adjective
over·​dry | \ ˌō-vər-ˈdrī How to pronounce overdry (audio) \

Definition of overdry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: too dry cracked, overdry lumber overdry skin

overdry

verb
overdried; overdrying

Definition of overdry (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive + intransitive

: to make (something) too dry a facial cleanser that won't overdry your skin To maximize volume while styling, scrunch hair with hands while blow-drying on medium heat (overdrying makes hair limp).— Jennifer Rapaport

First Known Use of overdry

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1621, in the meaning defined above

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“Overdry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdry. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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