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overmuch

[oh-ver-muhch] /ˈoʊ vərˈmʌtʃ/
adjective, noun, adverb
1.
too much:
He didn't show overmuch concern. We tried not to regret it overmuch.
Origin of overmuch
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at over-, much
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Examples from the Web for overmuch
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  • Between friends, there is overmuch of the hangman in him, and too little of the prince.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I have overmuch need for your swords that you should turn them upon each other.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • But even if he did discover it, I did not think that it would tell him overmuch.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • It was not a matter for their comrades to pry into overmuch.

    The Point Of Honor Joseph Conrad
  • "Too coyly for him to credit her with overmuch tenderness," suggested the bridegroom.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
  • I'm thinkin' your compositor hasn't had overmuch experience.

    The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men

    Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
  • You had better not begin to praise them overmuch, or I shall be jealous.

    A Modern Tomboy L. T. Meade
  • I do not like to see a cheek as young as yours pale with overmuch thought.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • He was a very proud and a very sensitive man, not blessed with overmuch patience.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • It was well that there was not overmuch light, for they could not consume it elegantly.

    Jack of Both Sides Florence Coombe
British Dictionary definitions for overmuch

overmuch

/ˌəʊvəˈmʌtʃ/
adverb, adjective
1.
too much; very much
noun
2.
an excessive amount
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Word Origin and History for overmuch
adj.

"too great in amount," c.1300, over- + much (q.v.). As an adverb from late 14c. Old English had cognate ofermicel.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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