overzealous

adjective over·zeal·ous \ ˌō-vər-ˈze-ləs \
|Updated on: 18 Jul 2018

Definition of overzealous

: too zealous : having or showing too much zeal : excessively eager, enthusiastic, or fervent
  • overzealous parents
  • overzealous workers
  • … another version of the overzealous monitoring that has produced kids who leave for college without ever having crossed the street by themselves.
  • —Peggy Orenstein
  • The village saw the orders as unwarranted interference from an overzealous state bureaucracy and promptly appealed.
  • —Joe Treen and S. Avery Brown

overzealously

adverb
    • … has been frequently accused by its critics of acting recklessly, overzealously, and even, at times, illegally.
    • —Steve Lustgarden

overzealousness

noun
    • Jewell was annoyed that press descriptions of him always emphasized his "overzealousness"; he considers himself a man of details.
    • —Marie Brenner

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First Known Use of overzealous

circa 1628

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