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overdress

[ verb oh-ver-dres; noun oh-ver-dres ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈdrɛs; noun ˈoʊ vərˌdrɛs /
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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.

noun

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

RELATED WORDS

clothe, attire, embellish, mantle, shawl, cope, cloak, wrapper, cardinal, wrap, poncho, gabardine, tippet, pelisse, Vandyke, capote, mantilla, tabard, dolman, fichu

Nearby words

overdrafting, overdraught, overdraw, overdrawer, overdrawn, overdress, overdressed, overdrive, overdub, overdue, overdye

Origin of overdress

First recorded in 1700–10; over- + dress
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Examples from the Web for overdress

  • There is a vulgar tendency among all Americans to overdress which you must avoid.

    At Boarding School with the Tucker Twins|Nell Speed
  • Jean Merritt wore her favorite rose color, a dress of satin with an overdress of tulle.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for overdress

overdress


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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