overfamiliar

adjective over·fa·mil·iar \ ˌō-vər-fə-ˈmil-yər \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overfamiliar

: exceedingly or excessively familiar: such as
a : so frequently seen, heard, or experienced as to seem dull or unoriginal
  • a movie with an overfamiliar plot
  • … the overfamiliar video oeuvre of the world's most generic rock star …
  • —Steve Simels
b : excessively friendly or informal
  • I know it may seem overfamiliar, but I can't think of Marvin L. Goldberger as anything but Murph, so that is how I will refer to him.
  • —Jeremy Bernstein
  • However in other cultures … such informality is seen as being overfamiliar and thus impolite …
  • —Heather Bowe and Kylie Martin
  • … he felt the whole time he was being judged and found wanting, for not knowing which knife and fork to use, for being overfamiliar or too distant with the waiters …
  • —Richard Coles

overfamiliarity

play \ˌō-vər-fə-ˌmi-lē-ˈ(y)er-ə-tē, -ˈ(y)a-rə-; -ˌmil-ˈyer-, -ˌmil-ˈya-rə-\ noun
    • Despite its by-now overfamiliarity, the piece achieves a new freshness in this entertaining musicalization …
    • —Frank Scheck
    • … the kind who can't tell the difference between the informality of true camaraderie and the subtle insult of overfamiliarity
    • —James Harkness

First Known Use of overfamiliar

1529


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