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[oh-ver-foo l] /ˈoʊ vərˈfʊl/
excessively full:
The auditorium was overfull.
Origin of overfull
before 1000; Middle English; Old English oferfull. See over-, full1
Related forms
overfullness, noun Unabridged
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  • We shall be unready to open immediately, if our hands be overfull of worldly matters.

    Robin Tremayne Emily Sarah Holt
  • While it might be but a fancy, that was no way to help a man who was overfull of them.

    Tommy and Grizel J.M. Barrie
  • overfull of life as my wild garden patch was, it would not have kept its (human) possessor very long from starvation.

    A Rambler's lease Bradford Torrey
  • The question had caught her at a moment when her mouth was overfull of fried plaice and potatoes.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • The world is overfull of such men, and if I had the right sort of broom I'd sweep them away as the new girl sweeps spiders.

  • He could now allow himself a brief relaxation, and for once his grip was nerveless, for his heart was overfull.

    A Prairie Courtship Harold Bindloss
  • Having fed full and overfull, they desired more by reason of their long hunger for meat and the hard vigor of their lives.

    Jan A. J. Dawson
  • An overfull bladder has been mistaken for an ovarian cyst and been punctured with a trocar before the mistake was discovered.

  • I love him whose soul is so overfull that he forgetteth himself, and all things are in him: thus all things become his down-going.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
  • It was growing late—we were very tired and were overfull of undigested story and tangled chronology.

    The Ship Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
British Dictionary definitions for overfull


excessively full; overflowing
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