over·​in·​tense ˌō-vər-in-ˈten(t)s How to pronounce overintense (audio)
: intense to an excessive degree
overintense emotions
a serious, overintense child
Love on live telly never works. He realised the whole thing was a suffocating, overintense nightmare …Vanessa Feltz
Video telephony rendered the fantasy insupportable. Callers now found they had to compose the same sort of earnest, slightly overintense listener's expression they had to compose for in-person exchanges.David Foster Wallace
… the sauce on the mushrooms is sometimes overintense.Mimi Sheraton
overintensely adverb
… it is in the nature of adolescence to prefer exaggeration to restraint, to express their emotions overintensely Joy Paul Guilford
overintensity noun
It's that overintensity a lot of gifted kids show that gets them in trouble. Paul Beljan

Word History

First Known Use

1685, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overintense was in 1685

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Cite this Entry

“Overintense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overintense. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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