over·​rat·​ed ˌō-vər-ˈrā-təd How to pronounce overrated (audio)
: rated or valued too highly
an overrated book/movie/restaurant
The reign of James I is under scrutiny again. For too long this king has been the victim of literary pastiche, deployed as a foil to the fleeing glory of the overrated Elizabeth I.J. A. Guy
… Garrick had arranged for a member of the audience (a fellow actor), dressed as a Frenchified fop, to complain—as connoisseurs of French literary taste had complained for generations—that Shakespeare was vulgar, provincial, and overrated.Jonathan Bate

Examples of overrated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Latest in Leadership an hour ago Commentary - Disney Nelson Peltz is America’s most overrated activist investor. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 20 Mar. 2024 Meanwhile, Lily and Marshall escape their stuffy wine and cheese party to join the rest of the gang in da club, proving that growing up is overrated. Ew Staff Updated, EW.com, 18 Mar. 2024 In past episodes, Travis and Jason have debated the merits of restaurants like Waffle House and Burger King, ranked the best fast food burgers and even weighed in on overrated (Peeps) and underrated (Nerds Gummy Clusters) candy. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 27 Mar. 2024 Rest, sleep, off days, a chance to heal bumps and bruises, an opportunity to refresh the mind and soul — all overrated. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2024 Sacks, Macdonald said in the middle of the year, were an overrated stat. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2024 Survivor: The Australian Outback An overrated season in my book. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 22 Dec. 2023 This is because in the game of life, being number one might just be a tad overrated. Reach Sherry Kuehl at snarkyinthesuburbs@gmail.com, on Facebook at Snarky in the Suburbs, on Twitter at @snarkynsuburbs on Instagram @snarky.in.the.suburbs, and snarkyinthesuburbs.com. Sherry Kuehl, Kansas City Star, 14 Feb. 2024 Trust me, opponents and insiders are going to figure out what’s going on, so the advantage of secrecy is vastly overrated. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 6 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1586, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overrated was in 1586

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“Overrated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overrated. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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