[verb oh-ver-dres; noun oh-ver-dres]

verb (used with or without object), o·ver·dressed, o·ver·dress·ing.

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

First recorded in 1700–10; over- + dress
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verb (ˌəʊvəˈdrɛs)

to dress (oneself or another) too elaborately or finely

noun (ˈəʊvəˌdrɛs)

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