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[oh-ver-lee] /ˈoʊ vər li/
excessively; too:
a voyage not overly dangerous.
Origin of overly
before 1050; Middle English; Old English oferlīce. See over, -ly
needlessy, immoderately, inordinately. Unabridged
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  • He's not overly much pleased with you this minute, doctor, and that's the truth.

    General John Regan George A. Birmingham
  • Through it all, he remained calm; impatient, perhaps, but not overly so.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • Only one who was overly technical would have noted the circumstance at all.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • The fellow did not seem to be overly anxious to keep his watchfulness a secret.

    Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone G. Harvey Ralphson
  • Also I have heard that they are in debt to our landlady, as well as that she is not overly kind to them.

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
British Dictionary definitions for overly


too; excessively
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overly

"excessively," Old English oferlice; see over + -ly (2). Often "regarded as an Americanism in the U.K." [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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