hypercorrect

[ hahy-per-kuh-rekt ]
/ ˌhaɪ pər kəˈrɛkt /

adjective

overly correct; excessively fastidious; fussy: hypercorrect manners.
of, relating to, or characterized by hypercorrection.

Nearby words

  1. hyperchromic,
  2. hyperchromic anemia,
  3. hyperchylia,
  4. hyperchylomicronemia,
  5. hyperconscious,
  6. hypercorrection,
  7. hypercortisolism,
  8. hypercritic,
  9. hypercritical,
  10. hypercriticism

Origin of hypercorrect

First recorded in 1920–25; hyper- + correct

Related formshy·per·cor·rect·ly, adverbhy·per·cor·rect·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for hypercorrect

hypercorrect

/ (ˌhaɪpəkəˈrɛkt) /

adjective

excessively correct or fastidious
resulting from or characterized by hypercorrection
Derived Formshypercorrectness, noun

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