over·​em·​bel·​lish ˌō-vər-im-ˈbe-lish How to pronounce overembellish (audio)
overembellished; overembellishing

transitive + intransitive

: to embellish (something) excessively
overembellish a story
He overembellished his accomplishments.
… doesn't overembellish her melody lines as relentlessly as many of her peers do.Edna Gundersen et al.
… there is left but little wall surface to give the impression of dignity and serenity which a great structure should convey, so we are tempted to overembellish these buildings with ornament …Cass Gilbert
… the sesame blini need work. So do the entrees, which tend to be overworked and overembellishedAlison Cook
He's a bit of an intellectual cook, perhaps, and has a tendency to overembellish with too many ingredients.S. Irene Virbila
overembellishment noun
plural overembellishments
Executive chef David Ross has a tendency toward overembellishment. His best dishes are the simplest ones. The Boston Herald

Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overembellish was in 1842

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Cite this Entry

“Overembellish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overembellish. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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