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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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Examples from the web for overly
  • As uplifting as this appraisal may have been, subsequent events would soon show that it was overly optimistic.
  • The herders are not overly sensitive, but to the degree that one can care for a wild animal, they do.
  • But they were calm-and somewhat curious, though not overly so.
  • Comfort is high and it fits snugly but is not overly tight.
  • At times he is unjust in his judgments, at other times he is overly tolerant.
  • People seem to be overly enamored with the idea of robots to the point of losing a grip on reality here.
  • Don't be overly encouraged by any replacement of gasoline though.
  • And sometimes cooking leaches out overly strong or gnarly flavors.
  • The crisis in college admissions isn't overly motivated parents or rankings.
  • And history shows that in times of moral panic, overly broad legislation has a way of becoming law.
British Dictionary definitions for overly


too; excessively
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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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