overmuch

1 of 3

adjective

over·​much ˌō-vər-ˈməch How to pronounce overmuch (audio)
: too much

overmuch

2 of 3

adverb

: in too great a degree

overmuch

3 of 3

noun

: too great an amount

Example Sentences

Adjective I think you put overmuch care into your personal appearance—get over yourself. Adverb you worry overmuch about what other people think Noun you must not expect an overmuch of gratitude from a very young child
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Austin Wintory’s original score is effective, but takes care not to intrude overmuch on the conceit of in-ya-face realism. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 5 Nov. 2021 Or any of the dozens of other education buzzwords that people embrace, often without overmuch attention to the fine print. Frederick Hess, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 Meyer says consumers shouldn’t worry overmuch about ham prices for the holidays. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2019 Meyer says consumers shouldn't worry overmuch about ham prices for the holidays. Laura Reiley, chicagotribune.com, 26 Nov. 2019 To bristle overmuch smacks of either hypocrisy or an implicit grant of status to liberals as cultural betters who ought to defer more to a marginalized right. Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, 3 May 2017 Its Covent Garden office was a magnet for ambitious young talent, which Mr. Jones assessed without overmuch regard for age, station or experience. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, 29 Apr. 2017 Politicians, as a rule, do not trouble themselves overmuch with the opinions of intellectuals, and Trump is unusually untroubled by debates about political philosophy. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 9 Jan. 2017
Adverb
Politicians are known to get into the weeds of their findings to try to make political points by attacking the other side, and to focus overmuch on the wonky inner workings of U.S. bureaucracy than on bigger themes. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 6 June 2022 But sometimes the people have exalted their dictators and have not cared overmuch about the rule of law. Philip Zelikow, The Atlantic, 11 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Overmuch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overmuch. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

overmuch 1 of 2

adjective or adverb

over·​much ˌō-vər-ˈməch How to pronounce overmuch (audio)
: too much

overmuch

2 of 2

noun

over·​much
ˈō-vər-ˌməch,
ˌō-vər-ˈməch
: too great an amount
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