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[oh-ver-lee] /ˈoʊ vər li/
excessively; too:
a voyage not overly dangerous.
Origin of overly
before 1050; Middle English; Old English oferlīce. See over, -ly
needlessy, immoderately, inordinately. Unabridged
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  • Donald was not overly glad to see him, for he suspected where he was going.

    The Story Girl Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • He's not overly much pleased with you this minute, doctor, and that's the truth.

    General John Regan George A. Birmingham
  • He was overly polite but that could hardly be considered strange.

    The Observers G. L. Vandenburg
  • Only one who was overly technical would have noted the circumstance at all.

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
  • I spose its all right in its way, but I dont relish it overly, as the feller said when he spilled sugar on his oysters.

    Cursed George Allan England
British Dictionary definitions for overly


too; excessively
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overly

"excessively," Old English oferlice; see over + -ly (2). Often "regarded as an Americanism in the U.K." [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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