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over·​long ˌō-vər-ˈlȯŋ How to pronounce overlong (audio)
: longer than usual or necessary : excessively long
an overlong meeting/speech
overlong sleeves
an overlong chapter
working overlong hours
The film feels overlong and a bit repetitious …Randy Cordova


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: for an excessively long time
The meeting ran overlong.
… aircraft were kept waiting overlong on boiling hot runways.Ted Conover
If a person talks on overlong, people around the circle began to discreetly cough.Thom Hartmann

Examples of overlong in a Sentence

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The film, which feels overlong at 145 minutes, suffers both from repetition and an over-reliance on melodramatic plot devices. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Feb. 2024 The tutorials are overlong, and the first zone is claustrophobic. Sam MacHkovech, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2022 What follows is an overlong concatenation of OK set pieces featuring oodles of predictable globe-hopping derring-do. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 June 2023 So many series on TV right now are overlong, overserious, overcomplicated and overly dull. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 28 June 2023 Unfortunately, the script — co-written by Lee and Christopher Chen — leaves a lot to be desired, squandering the old-school appeal of the true-crime drama for a dull and overlong mood piece in which nothing much happens and no real sense of danger ever registers. Tomris Laffly, Variety, 26 Jan. 2023 Maybe this back-the-the-basics, almost comedically overlong ceremony can. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2023 That’s not to say this slightly overlong film is without its bits of tension, narrative twists and deft reveals, not to mention injections of social commentary and moral ambiguity. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2022 For a slightly overlong 104 minutes, that’s a place many viewers will be happy enough to visit. Richard Kuipers, Variety, 14 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overlong was in the 13th century

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“Overlong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overlong. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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