overearnest

adjective over·ear·nest \ ˌō-vər-ˈər-nəst \

Definition of overearnest

: excessively earnest or serious
  • 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

overearnestly

adverb
    • … its portrait of a young country trying overearnestly to connect with its Old World heritage was as poignant as it was humorous.
    • —Michael Upchurch

overearnestness

noun
    • 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

First Known Use of overearnest

1568

in the meaning defined above

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