[adjective oh-ver-i-lab-er-it; verb oh-ver-i-lab-uh-reyt]
- excessively or fussily elaborate, ornate, detailed, etc.
- to render or present with excessive or fussy detail: He so overelaborates his jokes that they lose their humor.
- to add excessive details, as in writing or speaking: He overelaborates to an extent that his novels must be cut radically before being published.
Origin of overelaborate
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Examples from the Web for overelaborate
We had had two meals, one of which was as totally unnecessary as the other was overelaborate.The Message
Alec John Dawson
"I see," said I—for Mr. Brisher is apt to overelaborate his jokes.Twelve Stories and a Dream
H. G. Wells
It is a work unique, perhaps, in its design, but entirely unfeeling and preposterous in its overelaborate decorations.The Cathedrals of Southern France
It was a Cosway; but a Cosway broadened and without a hint of genteel namby-pamby or overelaborate finesse.Visionaries
- excessively ornate, detailed, or complex
- (tr) to detail or develop (an idea, plan, etc) excessively
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