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[oh-ver-foo l] /ˈoʊ vərˈfʊl/
excessively full:
The auditorium was overfull.
Origin of overfull
before 1000; Middle English; Old English oferfull. See over-, full1
Related forms
overfullness, noun Unabridged
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  • The college is overfull at present, and yet no girls wish to use the attics.

  • My brains are soaked like an overfull sponge: they can contain no more this morning.

    The Tour Louis Couperus
  • While it might be but a fancy, that was no way to help a man who was overfull of them.

    Tommy and Grizel J.M. Barrie
  • I love him whose soul is so overfull that he forgetteth himself, and all things are in him: thus all things become his down-going.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
  • The question had caught her at a moment when her mouth was overfull of fried plaice and potatoes.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • He could now allow himself a brief relaxation, and for once his grip was nerveless, for his heart was overfull.

    A Prairie Courtship Harold Bindloss
  • If the tressing in or tuck of a ship's quarter under water hangs deep, or is overfull, they say she has a fat quarter.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Kind Ted hurried back, splashing an overfull tumbler of water as he came, on the polished oak floor.

    The Romance of His Life

    Mary Cholmondeley
  • An overfull bladder has been mistaken for an ovarian cyst and been punctured with a trocar before the mistake was discovered.

  • overfull of life as my wild garden patch was, it would not have kept its (human) possessor very long from starvation.

    A Rambler's lease Bradford Torrey
British Dictionary definitions for overfull


excessively full; overflowing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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