overly

adverb
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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Recent Examples on the Web Whether that deadline is overly optimistic, the need is real. Star Tribune, "In Brazil's richest city, works to clean a filthy river," 23 Oct. 2020 Health experts, in warnings echoed by Trump’s Democratic opposition, have said the president’s time line is overly optimistic and doesn’t allow the pharmaceutical companies working on the vaccine enough time to finish their human safety trials. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Many Californians aren’t eager to get coronavirus vaccine, poll finds," 21 Oct. 2020 His physician’s assessment may be overly optimistic. Popular Science, "President Trump wants to hold rallies this weekend. Could he spread COVID-19?," 9 Oct. 2020 To the latter point, Conley said Sunday that the messaging at the previous day’s press conference had been overly optimistic about the president’s state of health. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "Why it matters that Trump is on dexamethasone for Covid-19," 4 Oct. 2020 While overly optimistic about liberalism transforming China, many Americans underestimated the immense pride Chinese felt in building a booming economy after a century of war, famine, and political purges. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Fueling US-China clash, years of disconnects," 2 Oct. 2020 Moreover, Freddie Mac’s estimates of the Kushner properties’ profitability — a core element of any decision to back a loan — have already proven to be overly optimistic. Heather Vogell, ProPublica, "The Kushners’ Freddie Mac Loan Wasn’t Just Massive. It Came With Unusually Good Terms, Too.," 1 Oct. 2020 The drop may have reflected overly optimistic projections by tour groups, the analysts said. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "China’s ‘Golden Week’ Kicks Off in Boost to Battered Tourism Industry," 1 Oct. 2020 Those headlines, and the accompanying stories, weren’t the products of in-office prophets or overly optimistic news teams hoping to gin up sales. John Pope, NOLA.com, "Japan's surrender ended World War II, and set off wild celebrations across New Orleans," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of overly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overly was before the 12th century

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28 Oct 2020

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“Overly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overly. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for overly

overly

adverb
How to pronounce overly (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of overly

: to an excessive degree

overly

adverb
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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