[ oh-ver-bair-ing ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈbɛər ɪŋ /


domineering; dictatorial; haughtily or rudely arrogant.
of overwhelming or critical importance.

Origin of overbearing

First recorded in 1590–1600; overbear + -ing2
Related formso·ver·bear·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·bear·ing·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for overbearingly


/ (ˌəʊvəˈbɛərɪŋ) /


domineering or dictatorial in manner or action
of particular or overriding importance or significance
Derived Formsoverbearingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for overbearingly



figurative present participle adjective from overbear (v.) in its sense "to bear down."

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