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  1. extending or repeated over the entire surface, as a decorative pattern.

  1. a fabric with an allover pattern.

Origin of allover

First recorded in 1570–80; all + over Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use allover in a sentence

  • This all-over style makes him the Jackson Pollock of essayists.

  • It is woven with either the plain weave or a small all-over dobby effect.

    Textiles | William H. Dooley
  • Grandmother laughed, too, and then bustled out to the kitchen, put on a great big all-over apron and prepared the supper.

    Mary Jane--Her Visit | Clara Ingram Judson
  • There was a general, all-over dull ache, punctuated here and there by sharper aches.

    But, I Don't Think | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Although apparently he followed every move, the result was never that beautiful all-over tightening at the last pull.

    The Rules of the Game | Stewart Edward White

British Dictionary definitions for all-over


  1. covering the entire surface

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with allover


Everywhere. The phrase may be used alone, as in I've looked all over for that book, or The very thought of poison ivy makes me itch all over. In addition it can be used as a preposition, meaning “throughout,” as in The news spread all over town. [Early 1600s] Also see far and wide.

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