adjective, noun, adverb

too much: He didn't show overmuch concern. We tried not to regret it overmuch.

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 of overmuch

  • To have to talk, to argue, to explain to the unsympathetic was overmuch.

    A Tramp's Notebook

    Morley Roberts

  • The wardrobe trunk offered gaudy finery that did not interest the “ladies” overmuch.

    Whispers at Dawn

    Roy J. Snell

  • For it is a good country and a plentiful, but there is overmuch passing heat.

  • I had overmuch of one of them and it sufficeth me to have been once befooled.

  • Women who lead contemplative and sedentary lives are overmuch given to this sort of morbid self-questioning.

    Heriot's Choice

    Rosa Nouchette Carey

British Dictionary definitions for overmuch


adverb, adjective

too much; very much


an excessive amount
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Word Origin and History for overmuch

"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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