Definition of 'overly'
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There's no point in being overly snooty about it. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It's natural and not necessarily something to get overly concerned about. Times, Sunday Times (2017)FEELING overly confident about an upcoming job interview? The Sun (2016)One mom sounded overly compulsive about staying indoors and locking doors and windows. Christianity Today (2000)They have tightened their belts too much and are overly cautious about lending money. The Sun (2009)They have been overly optimistic on timing. Times, Sunday Times (2015)This overly ambitious device is confusing and the action drags. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Not that she is overly bothered about how other people perceive her. Times, Sunday Times (2010)He is not overly optimistic on share prices generally. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He was overly ambitious before and some doubters remain. Times, Sunday Times (2014)If you divide a small garden up too much it can become overly fussy and impractical. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It is very easy for them to become overly concerned and for parents to be overly concerned by exam performance. Times, Sunday Times (2015)He rarely turned work down and was not overly discerning about the quality of the productions in which he appeared. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Medical staff were not overly concerned. Times, Sunday Times (2006)We are angry because we are overly optimistic, insufficiently prepared for the frustrations endemic to existence. Times, Sunday Times (2009)You worry that tackling these head-on will lead to overly frank exchanges about situations that are already causing problems. Times, Sunday Times (2009)They could be ringing for a splinter in their finger, but the system is so overly cautious we have to ask them. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Perhaps the Takeover Panel is being overly cautious. Times, Sunday Times (2006)At the moment, an overly cautious middle-class management culture pervades social work and many other protective agencies. Times, Sunday Times (2015)
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British English: overly ADVERB
Overly means more than is normal, necessary, or reasonable.
Employers may become overly cautious about taking on new staff.
Definition of overly from the Collins English Dictionary
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