adjective, adverb

too or excessively long

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Examples from the Web for overlong

Contemporary Examples of overlong

Historical Examples of overlong

  • Ah, that delight, it was not overlong And I pay dear with sorrow for brief song.


    Jan Kochanowski

  • Your tongue is overlong, John, and I am weary of its endless clack!

    Sir Nigel

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • His antlers, this year, had been late to mature and overlong in the velvet.

    The Watchers of the Trails

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • Nowhere is there an overlong development or anything that bewilders or alienates.

    Musical Criticisms

    Arthur Johnstone

  • I inquired as a starter, after we had driven for an overlong time.

    From Pillar to Post

    John Kendrick Bangs

Word Origin and History for overlong

"excessively long," early 14c., from over- + long (adj.). Middle English also had overshort "too short, too brief."

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