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overmuch

[oh-ver-muhch]
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adjective, noun, adverb
  1. too much: He didn't show overmuch concern. We tried not to regret it overmuch.
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Origin of overmuch

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at over-, much
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Examples from the Web for overmuch

Historical Examples

  • I have overmuch need for your swords that you should turn them upon each other.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Between friends, there is overmuch of the hangman in him, and too little of the prince.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • But even if he did discover it, I did not think that it would tell him overmuch.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • It was not a matter for their comrades to pry into overmuch.

    The Point Of Honor

    Joseph Conrad

  • "Too coyly for him to credit her with overmuch tenderness," suggested the bridegroom.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin


British Dictionary definitions for overmuch

overmuch

adverb, adjective
  1. too much; very much
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noun
  1. an excessive amount
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Word Origin and History for overmuch

adj.

"too great in amount," c.1300, over- + much (q.v.). As an adverb from late 14c. Old English had cognate ofermicel.

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