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  1. domineering; dictatorial; haughtily or rudely arrogant.
  2. of overwhelming or critical importance.

Origin of overbearing

First recorded in 1590–1600; overbear + -ing2
Related formso·ver·bear·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·bear·ing·ness, noun
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  • She always will be overbearingly robust till the day we are bereft of her.

  • His manners were overbearingly insolent, his language licentious, and his person slovenly even to a degree that was disgusting.

British Dictionary definitions for overbearingly


  1. domineering or dictatorial in manner or action
  2. of particular or overriding importance or significance
Derived Formsoverbearingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for overbearingly



figurative present participle adjective from overbear (v.) in its sense "to bear down."

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