Definition of overearnest
- an overearnest scholar
- an overearnest expression on his face
- If we look back at our own lives, the people who have inspired and shaped us almost always turn out to be the "dull" ones: the thoughtful English teacher, the overearnest priest …
- —Martin Townsend
- … its portrait of a young country trying overearnestly to connect with its Old World heritage was as poignant as it was humorous.
- —Michael Upchurch
- The film's first act drags on too long, so that by the time its fascinating third act arrives, we are slightly numbed by the overearnestness of the whole affair.
- —Colin Dabkowski