overthink

verb over·think \ ˌō-vər-ˈthiŋk \
|Updated on: 14 Aug 2018

Definition of overthink

overthought play \ˌō-vər-ˈthȯt\; overthinking
transitive + intransitive
: to think too much about (something) : to put too much time into thinking about or analyzing (something) in a way that is more harmful than helpful
  • overthink a situation/problem
  • someone who overthinks and worries too much
  • "I was a terrible actor when I went to New York. I was scared. I would overprepare, sometimes overthink a role."
  • —Paul Newman
  • For a while now, I've been finding current fiction hard to read: airlessly competent, relentlessly put-together, overthought.
  • —David Gates

overthinker

noun, plural overthinkers
    • But the problem is I'm an overthinker. I contemplate and consider, deliberate and debate things small and large in my life. Simple things become complicated and easy decisions become complex.
    • —Alyssa Meier

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