adverb Date: 1806 to an excessive degree ; too

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  • overly — The use of overly in place of the prefix over , e.g. overly confident instead of over confident, is still regarded as an Americanism although it is well established in British usage: • That same novel is now with Macmillan. I am not ‘overly’… …   Modern English usage

  • Overly — Overly, ND U.S. city in North Dakota Population (2000): 19 Housing Units (2000): 10 Land area (2000): 0.357669 sq. miles (0.926358 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.357669 sq. miles (0.926358 sq …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • overly — o ver*ly, adv. 1. In an overly manner. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] 2. Excessively. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Overly — O ver*ly, a. 1. Careless; negligent; inattentive; superfical; not thorough. [Archaic] Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] 2. Excessive; too much. [R.] Coleridge. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overly — index unduly Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • overly — (adv.) excessively, O.E. oferlice (see OVER (Cf. over)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • overly — [adv] excessively ever, exceedingly, extremely, immensely, immoderately, inordinately, over, overfull, overmuch, too, too much, too too*, unduly, very much; concept 544 Ant. inadequately, insufficiently …   New thesaurus

  • overly — ► ADVERB ▪ excessively …   English terms dictionary

  • overly — [ō′vər lē] adv. [ME ouerly, ouerliche: see OVER & LY2] too or too much; excessively …   English World dictionary

  • overly — adv. Overly is used with these adjectives: ↑academic, ↑ambitious, ↑anxious, ↑broad, ↑bureaucratic, ↑cautious, ↑complicated, ↑confident, ↑conservative, ↑critical, ↑cynical, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

  • overly — o|ver|ly [ˈəuvəli US ˈouvər ] adv too or very ▪ Your views on economics are overly simplistic. ▪ I m not overly fond of cats …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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