[verb oh-ver-dres; noun oh-ver-dres]
- to dress with too much display, finery, or formality: He certainly overdressed for the occasion.
- to put excessive clothing on: She tends to overdress her children.
- a dress worn over another, which it covers either partially or completely.
Origin of overdress
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Examples from the Web for overdress
The bridal dress, says Miss Davis, was of a pink satin, with an overdress of white lace; her slippers also were of white satin.John Greenleaf Whittier
W. Sloane Kennedy
There is a vulgar tendency among all Americans to overdress which you must avoid.At Boarding School with the Tucker Twins
Then, it seems to me, it is a little hard on the really poor girls at school if the rest of you are inclined to overdress.Vocational Guidance for Girls
Marguerite Stockman Dickson
Jean Merritt wore her favorite rose color, a dress of satin with an overdress of tulle.The Ranch Girls and Their Great Adventure
A bodice and overdress of white cretonne flowered with red roses.Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People
Constance D'Arcy Mackay
- to dress (oneself or another) too elaborately or finely
- a dress that may be worn over a jumper, blouse, etc
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