- to do to excess; overindulge in: to overdo dieting.
- to carry to excess or beyond the proper limit: He puts on so much charm that he overdoes it.
- to overact (a part); exaggerate.
- to overtax the strength of; fatigue; exhaust.
- to cook too much or too long; overcook: Don't overdo the hamburgers.
- to do too much; go to an extreme: Exercise is good but you mustn't overdo.
Origin of overdo
Related Words for overdidoverrate, overplay, exaggerate, overstate, overreach, overvalue, overestimate, overuse, magnify, stretch, hype, overwork, overload, belabor, pressure, fatigue, puff, overburden, overindulge, amplify
Examples from the Web for overdid
Historical Examples of overdid
You persisted in working, you overdid it, Pressure came on, and you were done for!The Uncommercial Traveller
Which was just where, like most movie uncles, he overdid the part.Torchy and Vee
My books were and always have been a part of me, and as was to be expected, I overdid it.Each Man Kills
Sometimes we overdid it, raising the dull-red to brightness now and then.The Big Otter
Gradually, from now, she gave up all her time to reading and writing, and she overdid it.The Beth Book
- to take or carry too far; do to excess
- to exaggerate, overelaborate, or overplay
- to cook or bake too long
- overdo it or overdo things to overtax one's strength, capacity, etc
Old English oferdon "to do too much," from ofer (see over) + don (see do (v.)). Common Germanic (cf. Old High German ubartuan). Meaning "to overtax, exhaust" (especially in phrase to overdo it) is attested from 1817. Of food, "to cook too long," first recorded 1680s (in past participle adjective overdone).