- from one extreme limit of a thing to the other: the overall length of the bridge.
- covering or including everything: an overall impression; to view something overall.
- overalls, (used with a plural verb)
- loose, sturdy trousers, usually with a bib or biblike piece to which shoulder straps are attached, originally worn over other trousers to protect them, as by factory workers or farmers.
- long waterproof leggings.
- British. a smock or loose-fitting housedress.
Origin of overall
Examples from the Web for overalls
Improbably, the only disguise used by this tall, burly imposing man was to wear worker's overalls.Mandela, My Source: One Journalist’s Memory of Clandestine Meetings
December 6, 2013
He is wearing a straw hat and overalls, has a moustache, and usually walks his property with a loaded Glock .45 pistol.Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco Chronicle Mining Catastrophes in West Virginia
Chris Hedges, Joe Sacco
June 14, 2012
More recently, haute couture has even tried the romanticization of overalls.
I would go further and say overalls are like an essentially feral creature.
Back in the 18th century, overalls were known as “slops,” and carried a semi-criminal stigma.
I noticed two painters in overalls at work on that large freighter.The Harbor
He had to take a job over at the overalls factory in Ostable.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
Shoving the paper novel into his overalls pocket, he entered the shop.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
A set of greasy mechanic's overalls had been drawn over his own clothes.The Grell Mystery
For Mrs. Ladybug had expected him to be hard at work, in overalls.The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug
Arthur Scott Bailey
- from one end to the other
- including or covering everythingthe overall cost
- in general; on the whole
- British a protective work garment usually worn over ordinary clothes
- (plural) hard-wearing work trousers with a bib and shoulder straps or jacket attached
Word Origin and History for overalls
"everywhere," Old English ofer eall, from ofer "over" (see over) + eall (see all). Sense of "including everything" is from 1894. The noun in the clothing sense (usually plural) of "loose trousers of a strong material worn by cowboys, etc." is from 1782. Specific sense "loose fitting canvas trousers with a bib and strap top" (originally worn by workmen over other clothes to protect them from wet, dirt, etc.) is attested from 1897.