overdress o`ver*dress", v. t. To dress or adorn to excess; to dress too much; to dress too formally for an informal occasion. --Pope. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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  • overdress — ► VERB ▪ dress too elaborately or formally …   English terms dictionary

  • overdress — [ō΄vər dres′, ō′vər dres΄] vt., vi. to dress too warmly, too showily, or too formally for the occasion …   English World dictionary

  • overdress — I. Date: 1704 transitive verb to dress or adorn to excess < felt overdressed for the occasion in his tuxedo > intransitive verb to dress oneself to excess < it s better to overdress for the party than be too casual > II. noun Date: 1812 a dress… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • overdress — v. /oh veuhr dres /; n. /oh veuhr dres /, v., overdressed, overdressing, n. v.t., v.i. 1. to dress with too much display, finery, or formality: He certainly overdressed for the occasion. 2. to put excessive clothing on: She tends to overdress her …   Universalium

  • overdress — v. & n. v. 1 tr. dress with too much display or formality. 2 intr. overdress oneself. n. a dress worn over another dress or a blouse etc …   Useful english dictionary

  • overdress — verb a) To wear too many clothes for a particular occasion. b) To wear clothing which is too elaborate or formal for a particular occasion. Ant: underdress …   Wiktionary

  • overdress — Synonyms and related words: bedizen, deck out, dizen, doll up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, get up, gussy up, prank, pretty up, primp, prink, rag out, slick up, spruce up, titivate, trick out, trick up …   Moby Thesaurus

  • overdress — v. dandify too much; dress flamboyantly; dress too formally for an occasion …   English contemporary dictionary

  • overdress — verb dress too elaborately or formally. noun chiefly Brit. a dress worn over other clothing …   English new terms dictionary

  • overdress — o•ver•dress v. [[t]ˌoʊ vərˈdrɛs[/t]] n. [[t]ˈoʊ vərˌdrɛs[/t]] v. t. v. i. 1) to dress with too much finery or formality 2) to dress with too much clothing 3) clo a dress worn over another • Etymology: 1700–10 …   From formal English to slang

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