overall

[ adverb oh-ver-awl; adjective, noun oh-ver-awl ]
/ adverb ˈoʊ vərˈɔl; adjective, noun ˈoʊ vərˌɔl /

adverb, adjective

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.

noun

overalls, (used with a plural verb)
  1. 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.
  2. long waterproof leggings.
British. a smock or loose-fitting housedress.

Nearby words

  1. overachieve,
  2. overact,
  3. overactive,
  4. overage,
  5. overaggressive,
  6. overalls,
  7. overambitious,
  8. overanxious,
  9. overanxious disorder,
  10. overarch

Origin of overall

before 1000; Middle English overal (adv.), Old English ofer eall; see over, all

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British Dictionary definitions for overalls

overall

adjective (ˈəʊvərˌɔːl) (prenominal)

from one end to the other
including or covering everythingthe overall cost

adverb (ˌəʊvərˈɔːl)

in general; on the whole

noun (ˈəʊvərˌɔːl)

British a protective work garment usually worn over ordinary clothes
(plural) hard-wearing work trousers with a bib and shoulder straps or jacket attached
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Word Origin and History for overalls
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