overly

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adverb over·ly \ ˈō-vər-lē \

Definition of overly

:to an excessive degree :too

Examples of overly in a Sentence

  1. These directions are overly complex.

  2. She's overly sensitive to criticism.

  3. They didn't seem overly concerned about the problem.

Recent Examples of overly from the Web

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First Known Use of overly

before 12th century


OVERLY Defined for English Language Learners

overly

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adverb

Definition of overly for English Language Learners

  • : to an excessive degree


OVERLY Defined for Kids

overly

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adverb over·ly \ ˈō-vər-lē \

Definition of overly for Students

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


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