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overdress

[verb oh-ver-dres; noun oh-ver-dres]
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verb (used with or without object), o·ver·dressed, o·ver·dress·ing.
  1. to dress with too much display, finery, or formality: He certainly overdressed for the occasion.
  2. to put excessive clothing on: She tends to overdress her children.
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noun
  1. a dress worn over another, which it covers either partially or completely.
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Origin of overdress

First recorded in 1700–10; over- + dress
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Historical Examples

  • She wore a white satin dress with an over-dress of gossamer lace.

    Cora and The Doctor

    Harriette Newell Baker

  • The frosty network of the over-dress was looped here and there with diamond stars.

    A Dreadful Temptation

    Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller

  • He is obliged to point out that they over-dress and stride along the Boulevards like dismounted dragoons.

    Old and New Paris, v. 2

    Henry Sutherland Edwards


British Dictionary definitions for over-dress

overdress

verb (ˌəʊvəˈdrɛs)
  1. to dress (oneself or another) too elaborately or finely
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noun (ˈəʊvəˌdrɛs)
  1. a dress that may be worn over a jumper, blouse, etc
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