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verb (used with or without object), o·ver·in·dulged, o·ver·in·dulg·ing.
  1. to indulge to excess: to overindulge one's fondness for candy.
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Origin of overindulge

First recorded in 1735–45; over- + indulge
Related formso·ver·in·dul·gence, nouno·ver·in·dul·gent, adjectiveo·ver·in·dul·gent·ly, adverb
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Related Words for over-indulgent

unwarranted, dizzying, irrational, unreasonable, undue, exorbitant, unconscionable, disproportionate, sloppy, negligent, careless, lenient, indifferent, soft, vague, simple, weak, gentle, lax, easy

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Historical Examples of over-indulgent

  • Chinese parents are, if anything, over-indulgent to their children.

  • In fact they are over-indulgent to them, and let them do just what they please when they are small.

    A Missionary Twig

    Emma L. Burnett

  • The old man did as parents are apt to do with children to whom they have been over-indulgent.


    Friedrich de la Motte Fouque

  • He had the physique and bearing of a man athletic in his youth but now over-indulgent.

  • It had not only been generous to the South, but over-indulgent.

British Dictionary definitions for over-indulgent


  1. to indulge (in something, esp food or drink) immoderately; binge
  2. (tr) to yield excessively to the wishes of; spoil
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Derived Formsoverindulgence, nounoverindulgent, adjective
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Word Origin and History for over-indulgent



also over-indulge, 1821, from over (adv.) + indulge.

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