overly

[oh-ver-lee]

adverb

excessively; too: a voyage not overly dangerous.

Nearby words

  1. overload,
  2. overlong,
  3. overlook,
  4. overlooker,
  5. overlord,
  6. overlying,
  7. overman,
  8. overmanned,
  9. overmanning,
  10. overmantel

Origin of overly

before 1050; Middle English; Old English oferlīce. See over, -ly

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British Dictionary definitions for overly

overly

adverb

too; excessively
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Word Origin and History for overly

overly

adv.

"excessively," Old English oferlice; see over + -ly (2). Often "regarded as an Americanism in the U.K." [OED].

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