excessively; too: a voyage not overly dangerous.

Origin of overly

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

Synonyms for overly

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Historical Examples of overly

  • He's not overly much pleased with you this minute, doctor, and that's the truth.

    General John Regan

    George A. Birmingham

  • Through it all, he remained calm; impatient, perhaps, but not overly so.

    Starman's Quest

    Robert Silverberg

  • Only one who was overly technical would have noted the circumstance at all.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • The fellow did not seem to be overly anxious to keep his watchfulness a secret.

  • Also I have heard that they are in debt to our landlady, as well as that she is not overly kind to them.

    Poor Folk

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

British Dictionary definitions for overly



too; excessively
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Word Origin and History for overly

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

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