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adjective, adverb
too or excessively long
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  • Ah, that delight, it was not overlong And I pay dear with sorrow for brief song.

    Laments Jan Kochanowski
  • Your tongue is overlong, John, and I am weary of its endless clack!

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • His antlers, this year, had been late to mature and overlong in the velvet.

    The Watchers of the Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Nowhere is there an overlong development or anything that bewilders or alienates.

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
  • I inquired as a starter, after we had driven for an overlong time.

    From Pillar to Post

    John Kendrick Bangs
  • "'Twill be overlong for the captain," said Dennis, with a smile.

  • You have been overlong on your journey and we have been waiting for you.

    The Master Mystery

    Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
  • “I trust, Master Preston, that you will not be overlong in recovering,” he said as he turned to leave the unfortunate fellow.

  • This characteristic scene, which has delayed me overlong, was but a moment in that day of exercise and agitation.

    The Wrecker Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
Word Origin and History for overlong

"excessively long," early 14c., from over- + long (adj.). Middle English also had overshort "too short, too brief."

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