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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

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Other Words from overzealous

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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For the record, 'stan' refers to being an overzealous fan of a particular person. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Rise of the 'Wife Guy': Men who post about their partners at the center of a viral trend," 18 July 2019 Now Republicans are using Starr’s report as the gold standard for presidential investigations, even though it was considered so flawed and overzealous that Reno was determined to change investigative procedures in its aftermath. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Republicans believe Ken Starr could save Donald Trump," 24 July 2019 Allen isn’t the only homeowner to accuse Dunedin of overzealous code enforcement practices and say they were blindsided by a huge fine that accumulated for years. Kristine Phillips, USA Today, "A Florida woman was fined $100,000 for a dirty pool and overgrown grass. When do fines become excessive?," 19 July 2019 But Google has a history of collecting data that users and privacy advocates found to be overzealous. Xavier Harding, Fortune, "Alphabet’s Latest Data Grab: Google Home Records Far More Sound Than Users Realize, Report Says," 11 July 2019 An overzealous coach who attempts to challenge a call without any timeouts remaining will be issued a technical foul, and his challenge request will be ignored. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "NBA free agency rules could change," 10 July 2019 Sadly, those beautiful blooms sometimes get trampled by overzealous, or just clumsy, photo-takers. Kim Fu, The Mercury News, "Dixon farmers angered by sunflower selfies," 8 July 2019 VidCon’s aforementioned disasters with Tana Mongeau and Logan Paul reiterated that YouTube’s main creators, which are still the big draw, needed distance from overzealous fans. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "TikTok took over VidCon, and YouTube is next," 15 July 2019 The dummies take a beating, looking like overzealous and underskilled gymnasts, but the seats hold firm. Alex Davies, WIRED, "This Neat Design Could Make a Plane’s Middle Seats Tolerable," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of overzealous

circa 1628, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of overzealous

: too eager or enthusiastic : too zealous

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