[ oh-ver-pruh-nouns ]
/ ˌoʊ vər prəˈnaʊns /
verb (used with object), o·ver·pro·nounced, o·ver·pro·nounc·ing.
to pronounce (a word, syllable, etc.) in an exaggerated, affected, or excessively careful manner.
verb (used without object), o·ver·pro·nounced, o·ver·pro·nounc·ing.
to pronounce or speak overcarefully, affectedly, exaggeratedly, etc.: When he overpronounces that way, he seems to be patronizing his audience.
Pore Over vs. Pour OverSince pour is a common word and sounds identical to pore, many English speakers use the verb pour in the verb phrase pore over meaning “to meditate or ponder intently.”
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Related formso·ver·pro·nun·ci·a·tion [oh-ver-pruh-nuhn-see-ey-shuh n] /ˈoʊ vər prəˌnʌn siˈeɪ ʃən/, noun
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