adjective, bright·er, bright·est.
- the automobile or truck headlights used for driving at night or under conditions of decreased visibility.
- the brighter level of intensity of these lights, usually deflected upward by switching on a bulb in the headlamp that strikes the lens at a different angle.
adverb, bright·er, bright·est.
- briggs, henry,
- briggsian logarithm,
- brigham city,
- bright and early,
- bright coal,
- bright idea,
- bright lights,
- bright side
Origin of bright
Examples from the Web for overbright
One flash sheeted the heavens, and its overbright glare extinguished everything.The Sea and the Jungle|H. M. Tomlinson
Her eyes were overbright and her lips pathetically tremulous.Fire-Tongue|Sax Rohmer
It was easier when they had left Florence with its overbright and oversad memories.We Two|Edna Lyall
The lighting was harsh and overbright and the air hung thick with pungent unfamiliar chemical odors.Control Group|Roger Dee
Once he came home with flushed face and overbright eyes, radiating an odor of whisky.North of Fifty-Three|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Word Origin for bright
Old English bryht, by metathesis from beorht "bright; splendid; clear-sounding; beautiful; divine," from Proto-Germanic *berhta- "bright" (cf. Old Saxon berht, Old Norse bjartr, Old High German beraht, Gothic bairhts "bright"), from PIE root *bhereg- "to gleam, white" (cf. Sanskrit bhrajate "shines, glitters," Lithuanian breksta "to dawn," Welsh berth "bright, beautiful"). Meaning "quick-witted" is from 1741.
In addition to the idioms beginning with bright
- bright and early
- bright idea
- bright side
- look on the bright side