overeducated

adjective

over·​ed·​u·​cat·​ed ˌō-vər-ˈe-jə-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce overeducated (audio)
: having too much academic education : more educated than is practical or useful
… a solitary, overeducated young man with a boring corporation job, despite an advanced degree in math …Alice Adams
… a ready-made work force of overeducated, underemployed English speakers.David Amsden

Examples of overeducated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Progressivism, meanwhile, is increasingly obsessed with identity politics and the bugbears of its overeducated elite. Oren Cass, Foreign Affairs, 12 Feb. 2021 The worlds of crypto and the New York Times rarely intersect, but this week Crypto Twitter snapped to attention in response to the Gray Lady’s weekly Ethicist column, which is sort of a Dear Abby for the liberal, overeducated set. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune Crypto, 7 Apr. 2023 At work, Hank deals with the typical absurdities of an English department populated with overeducated, underachieving whiners. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 11 Mar. 2023 Milwaukee’s overeducated hipster baristas and blue-collar commercial electricians have in common? Luther Ray Abel, National Review, 26 Aug. 2021 Hardly anyone knows how to even find her on a map aside from her two closest friends: Eileen, an overeducated and underpaid magazine editor, and Simon, an earnestly handsome political activist five years older than them both. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 23 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overeducated was in 1788

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“Overeducated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overeducated. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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