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

Examples of overeager in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As any European will tell you, presumably from under a funny hat and through a cloud of cigarette smoke, the U.S. squad is often overeager, overconfident and overmatched—a trifecta of traits that can be used to describe an awful lot of us. Anthony Crupi, Sportico.com, 28 June 2024 But he’s been overeager in his first 18 plate appearances for the Rockies. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, 15 June 2024 Already overeager to impress the team’s super cool star player and make a good impression on her potential future linemates, Riley (Kensington Tallman) isn’t in the best state of mind to learn that her BFFs will actually be going to a different school in the fall. David Ehrlich, IndieWire, 12 June 2024 Those who acquire the most valuable pieces are protective of their privacy over fears of theft and to avoid being harangued by other overeager toy buyers. Eva Rothenberg, CNN, 10 June 2024 McPeek came to believe his overeager choice cost an excellent horse the better part of a year. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2024 The organization had rules to stop those kinds of pay-for-play shenanigans and investigators to chase down overeager boosters, who mostly eluded their grasp. Joe Drape, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2024 The documentary — and Guetta’s fame — was intended as a biting commentary on the ignorant, overeager commercialization of street art. Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2024 To be sure, the technology is still in its early stages, and governments will need to make policy to protect existing workers from unscrupulous applications of the technology (and perhaps even overeager cost-cutters in company leadership). Irina Ivanova, Fortune, 12 Feb. 2024

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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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“Overeager.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overeager. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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