overlabor

verb
over·​la·​bor | \ ˌō-vər-ˈlā-bər How to pronounce overlabor (audio) \
variants: US overlabor or British overlabour
overlabored; overlaboring

Definition of overlabor

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

Other Words from overlabor

overlabored \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈlā-​bərd How to pronounce overlabor (audio) \ (US) 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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overlabor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overlabor. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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