over·​lit·​er·​al ˌō-vər-ˈli-t(ə-)rəl How to pronounce overliteral (audio)
: literal to an excessive degree
his overliteral thinking
an overliteral reading/interpretation

Word History

First Known Use

1684, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overliteral was in 1684

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“Overliteral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overliteral. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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