overexplain

verb over·ex·plain \ ˌō-vər-ik-ˈsplān \

Definition of overexplain

overexplained; overexplaining
transitive + intransitive
: to explain (something) to an excessive degree
  • The stories tended to be as simple as a good children's picture-book, so that nothing needed to be overexplained.
  • —Noel Murray
  • Students are confused about the instructions: … Repeat … the rules to clarify but do not overexplain.
  • —Katrina Schwartz

First Known Use of overexplain

1828

in the meaning defined above

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