over·​ly | \ ˈō-vər-lē How to pronounce overly (audio) \

Definition of overly

: to an excessive degree : too

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Examples of overly in a Sentence

These directions are overly complex. She's overly sensitive to criticism. They didn't seem overly concerned about the problem.
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Launching today, Squish Beauty is the product of Howard's experiences with overly sensitive and irritated skin while on the go and on set. Michelle Li, Teen Vogue, "Charli Howard Just Launched A Beauty Brand And It's So Good," 2 Aug. 2019 Collins wasn't overly concerned about Armstrong and Aldrin getting down to the moon. al.com, "Apollo 11 at 50: Celebrating first steps on another world," 20 July 2019 David Lindquist/IndyStar, David Lindquist/IndyStar R&B singer Marsha Ambrosius isn’t overly concerned with what Jermaine Dupri says about female rappers. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Marsha Ambrosius will bring 'brutal honesty' to Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration show," 19 July 2019 Group M analyst Brian Weiser said that for now, other services shouldn’t be overly concerned by a weak quarter or two at Netflix. Washington Post, "Netflix subscriber drop hints at streaming-service fatigue," 18 July 2019 Though the telescope will certainly make many scientists’ jobs much easier, Pasachoff doesn’t seemed overly concerned that the new observatory will ruin the thrill of eclipse chasing. Eric Adams, WIRED, "The Blazing Science of This Year's Total Solar Eclipse," 1 July 2019 Over the years, the press has jokingly covered Biden’s public antics with women, from handsy photos to borderline comments to overly affectionate embraces. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained," 26 June 2019 Not everyone in the industry is overly concerned about the situation, though. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Apple shuts App Store affiliate program, imperiling recommendation sites," 2 Aug. 2018 That hesitancy reflected Australian concern that an overly close active military relationship with the U.S. could alienate a largely pacifist domestic public and disgruntle allies like China. Los Angeles Times, "Micronesia reaffirms U.S. support while Australia hesitates to join campaign against Iran," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of overly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of overly

: to an excessive degree


over·​ly | \ ˈō-vər-lē How to pronounce overly (audio) \

Kids Definition of overly

: by too much : to an excessive degree overly worried an overly long movie

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