verb (used with or without object), o·ver·in·dulged, o·ver·in·dulg·ing.

to indulge to excess: to overindulge one's fondness for candy.

Origin of overindulge

First recorded in 1735–45; over- + indulge
Related formso·ver·in·dul·gence, nouno·ver·in·dul·gent, adjectiveo·ver·in·dul·gent·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of overindulged

  • At first, it is easy to dismiss Bradlee as an overindulged and overprotected child of privilege.

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    Barbara Kantrowitz

    March 31, 2009

Historical Examples of overindulged

  • Reuben—could Benjamin by chance have overindulged in liquor?

    Wilderness of Spring

    Edgar Pangborn

  • Perhaps he overindulged and spoiled the youngster of whom he was so fond.

    The One-Way Trail

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • He was not overindulged; he had always the spur of effort to urge him forward.

    Nathan Hale

    Jean Christie Root

  • Encouragement, of course, is helpful, but it ought not to be overindulged.

    Principles of Teaching

    Adam S. Bennion

  • And he failed to curb his own immoderate thirst, but overindulged until, inert in the medicine lodge, he slept as heavily as they.

    South from Hudson Bay

    E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill

British Dictionary definitions for overindulged



to indulge (in something, esp food or drink) immoderately; binge
(tr) to yield excessively to the wishes of; spoil
Derived Formsoverindulgence, nounoverindulgent, adjective
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Word Origin and History for overindulged



also over-indulge, 1821, from over (adv.) + indulge.

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