overeager

adjective

over·​ea·​ger ˌō-vər-ˈē-gər How to pronounce overeager (audio)
: excessively eager
an overeager look in her eyes
overeager young fans offered him anything they could find to autograph …Joe Coscarelli
During the Gold Rush, overeager miners actually dug up city streets in search of placer gold deposits.Lora J. Finnegan
overeagerly adverb
… its forthright portrait of a needy man, overeagerly pushing for his chance of happiness … Mark Shenton
overeagerness noun
What troubles me is the overeagerness to weigh in with the male side of every women's issue … Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Word History

First Known Use

1575, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overeager was in 1575

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Cite this Entry

“Overeager.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overeager. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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