[ verb oh-ver-dres; noun oh-ver-dres ]
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verb (used with or without object),o·ver·dressed, o·ver·dress·ing.
  1. to dress with too much display, finery, or formality: He certainly overdressed for the occasion.

  2. to put excessive clothing on: She tends to overdress her children.

  1. a dress worn over another, which it covers either partially or completely.

Origin of overdress

First recorded in 1700–10; over- + dress

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British Dictionary definitions for overdress


  1. to dress (oneself or another) too elaborately or finely

  1. a dress that may be worn over a jumper, blouse, etc

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