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overmuch

[oh-ver-muhch] /ˈoʊ vərˈmʌtʃ/
adjective, noun, adverb
1.
too much:
He didn't show overmuch concern. We tried not to regret it overmuch.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see over-, much

many

[men-ee] /ˈmɛn i/
adjective, more, most.
1.
constituting or forming a large number; numerous:
many people.
2.
noting each one of a large number (usually followed by a or an):
For many a day it rained.
noun
3.
a large or considerable number of persons or things:
A good many of the beggars were blind.
4.
the many, the greater part of humankind.
pronoun
5.
many persons or things:
Many of the beggars were blind. Many were unable to attend.
Origin
before 900; Middle English mani, meni, Old English manig, menig; akin to Old Saxon, Old High German manag, menig, Danish mange, Gothic manags
Related forms
overmany, adjective
Synonyms
1. multifarious, multitudinous, myriad; divers, sundry, various. Many, innumerable, manifold, numerous imply the presence or succession of a large number of units. Many is a popular and common word for this idea: many times. Numerous, a more formal word, refers to a great number or to very many units: letters too numerous to mention. Innumerable denotes a number that is beyond count or, more loosely, that is extremely difficult to count: the innumerable stars in the sky. Manifold implies not only that the number is large but also that there is variety or complexity.
Antonyms
1. few, single.
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British Dictionary definitions for overmost

many

/ˈmɛnɪ/
determiner
1.
sometimes preceded by a great or a good
  1. a large number of: many coaches, many times
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as plural): many are seated already
2.
foll by a, an, or another, and a singular noun. each of a considerable number of: many a man
3.
preceded by as, too, that, etc
  1. a great number of: as many apples as you like, too many clouds to see
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as plural): I have as many as you
noun
4.
the many, the majority of mankind, esp the common people: the many are kept in ignorance while the few prosper Compare few (sense 7)
See also more, most
Word Origin
Old English manig; related to Old Frisian manich, Middle Dutch menech, Old High German manag

overmuch

/ˌəʊvəˈmʌtʃ/
adverb, adjective
1.
too much; very much
noun
2.
an excessive amount
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Word Origin and History for overmost

overmuch

adj.

"too great in amount," c.1300, over- + much (q.v.). As an adverb from late 14c. Old English had cognate ofermicel.

many

adj.

Old English monig, manig "many, many a, much," from Proto-Germanic *managaz (cf. Old Saxon manag, Swedish mången, Old Frisian manich, Dutch menig, Old High German manag, German manch, Gothic manags), from PIE *menegh- "copious" (cf. Old Church Slavonic munogu "much, many," Old Irish menicc, Welsh mynych "frequent," Old Irish magham "gift"). Pronunciation altered by influence of any (see manifold).

n.

Old English menigu, from many (adj.). The many "the multitude" attested from 1520s. Cf. also Gothic managei "multitude, crowd," Old High German managi "large number, plurality," German Menge "multitude."

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Slang definitions & phrases for overmost

many

Related Terms

one too many


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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