overlabor

verb over·la·bor \ ˌō-vər-ˈlā-bər \
variants: or British overlabour
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overlabor

overlabored; overlaboring
transitive verb
1 : to cause (someone) to labor excessively
  • shouldn't overlabor young children
2 : to explain or insist on (something) excessively : belabor
  • overlabored the point
3 : to make (something) too elaborate : overelaborate
  • … meticulously overlabors every dish …
  • —Joshua Gillin

overlabored

US play \ˌō-vər-ˈlā-bərd\ or British overlaboured adjective
    • overlabored jokes
    • How about staffing our overlabored Public Works to keep abreast of broken streets and alleys.
    • —Tim Grobaty
    • … meals … so laden with overlabored fuss that they often felt contrived.
    • —Craig LaBan

First Known Use of overlabor

circa 1530


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