over·​zeal·​ous ˌō-vər-ˈze-ləs How to pronounce overzealous (audio)
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web At trial, federal prosecutors have portrayed Milton, who resigned from the company two years ago, as a con man while his lawyer called him an inspiring visionary who was being railroaded by overzealous regulators. CBS News, 14 Oct. 2022 The Kremlin has blamed overzealous local authorities. Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2022 An overzealous meet official approached and tried to usher them off the track. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Oct. 2022 The insurance industry says overzealous litigation is partly to blame. Dee-ann Durbin, Fortune, 5 Oct. 2022 After an overzealous pass-interference call against Andrews and a Von Miller sack, the Ravens settled for a 42-yard field goal from Tucker. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 3 Oct. 2022 It’s not just overzealous bouncers that make Russians in Tbilisi nervous. Time, 29 Sep. 2022 Top Russian officials in Moscow also tried to calm fears over the weekend, blaming overzealous regional officials, and reminding Russians of exemptions to mobilization that give a pass to students and people with medical problems. Alan Cullison, WSJ, 25 Sep. 2022 Monopolies can be harmful to consumers, but overzealous regulators can be far worse. Andrew Wilford, National Review, 16 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1628, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overzealous was circa 1628

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“Overzealous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overzealous. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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