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Origin of overconfident

First recorded in 1610–20; over- + confident
Related formso·ver·con·fi·dence, nouno·ver·con·fi·dent·ly, adverb

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Contemporary Examples of over-confident

Historical Examples of over-confident

  • "You're not a man to be over-confident, Foyle," he explained.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

  • The over-confident man is a23 menace to himself and to others.

    Learning to Fly

    Claude Grahame-White

  • We do not know enough about the navigation of the air to be in the least over-confident.

    Learning to Fly

    Claude Grahame-White

  • Unfortunately, Yusuf was just as over-confident as Rashed had been.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume II

    Demetrius Charles Boulger

  • Yale was over-confident; Harvard was hopeful, but filled with fears.

    Frank Merriwell's Races

    Burt L. Standish

British Dictionary definitions for over-confident


  1. excessively confident
Derived Formsoverconfidence, noun
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Word Origin and History for over-confident

1610s, from over- + confident. Related: Overconfidently.

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