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[oh-ver-kon-fi-duh nt] /ˈoʊ vərˈkɒn fɪ dənt/
too confident.
Origin of overconfident
First recorded in 1610-20; over- + confident
Related forms
overconfidence, noun
overconfidently, adverb
cocksure, brash, arrogant, reckless, heedless. Unabridged
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  • They entered the harbour about midnight, unchallenged by the over-confident enemy.

    By-Ways of War James Jeffrey Roche
  • The over-confident man is a23 menace to himself and to others.

    Learning to Fly Claude Grahame-White
  • However, he is now improving, so that probably it will soon pass off; but it is a warning not to be over-confident.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • We do not know enough about the navigation of the air to be in the least over-confident.

    Learning to Fly Claude Grahame-White
  • Unfortunately, Yusuf was just as over-confident as Rashed had been.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume II Demetrius Charles Boulger
  • But Cæsar looked alert, cool, and neither under- nor over-confident.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • "Do not be over-confident, young gentleman," the doctor said in a tone of mild reproof.

  • "You're not a man to be over-confident, Foyle," he explained.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • Hootay is a boastful hunter, often over-confident, yet wise in wood-craft, and what he has once learned he never forgets.

British Dictionary definitions for over-confident


excessively confident
Derived Forms
overconfidence, noun
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Word Origin and History for over-confident

1610s, from over- + confident. Related: Overconfidently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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