9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[adv. oh-ver-awl; adj., n. oh-ver-awl] /adv. ˈoʊ vərˈɔl; adj., n. ˈoʊ vərˌɔl/
adverb, adjective
from one extreme limit of a thing to the other:
the overall length of the bridge.
covering or includingeverything:
an overall impression; to view something overall.
overalls, (used with a plural verb)
  1. loose, sturdy trousers, usually with a bib or biblike piece to which shoulder straps are attached, originally worn over other trousers to protect them, as by factory workers or farmers.
  2. long waterproof leggings.
British. a smock or loose-fitting housedress.
Origin of overall
before 1000; Middle English overal (adv.), Old English ofer eall; see over, all Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for overall
  • They were devised to give the general investor a guide to the overall mood of the market.
  • The general-intelligence theory says that our bigger and more complex brains give us an overall edge.
  • Develop and implement changes to program-specific and overall plans to support achievement of enrollment and revenue targets c.
  • Dangers come in so many forms, and it's tough to compare countries by overall risk.
  • Skylights help reduce overall lighting costs by bringing natural daylight from above into the home.
  • The successful candidate must contribute to the overall strength of the accounting degree and the business department.
  • And because gas is cheap, overall energy use grows a bit faster.
  • Depending on their expertise, their work in particular areas and those are important components of the overall ecosystem.
  • If telomeres are up for one cell type, they're up for others overall.
  • Soft gray and white towels and neutral-toned bath accessories meld with the overall palette.
British Dictionary definitions for overall


adjective (prenominal) (ˈəʊvərˌɔːl)
from one end to the other
including or covering everything: the overall cost
adverb (ˌəʊvərˈɔːl)
in general; on the whole
noun (ˈəʊvərˌɔːl)
(Brit) a protective work garment usually worn over ordinary clothes
(pl) hard-wearing work trousers with a bib and shoulder straps or jacket attached
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for overall

"everywhere," Old English ofer eall, from ofer "over" (see over) + eall (see all). Sense of "including everything" is from 1894. The noun in the clothing sense (usually plural) of "loose trousers of a strong material worn by cowboys, etc." is from 1782. Specific sense "loose fitting canvas trousers with a bib and strap top" (originally worn by workmen over other clothes to protect them from wet, dirt, etc.) is attested from 1897.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for overall

All English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for overall

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with overall