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overprotective

[ oh-ver-pruh-tek-tiv ]
/ ˌoʊ vər prəˈtɛk tɪv /
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adjective

unduly protective.

RELATED WORDS

protective, protecting, shielding, vigilant, fussy, restrictive, patronizing, finicky, punctilious, scrupulous, squeamish, conscientious

Nearby words

overpronounce, overproof, overproportion, overprotect, overprotection, overprotective, overproud, overqualified, overquick, overrake, overran

Origin of overprotective

First recorded in 1925–30; over- + protective
Related formso·ver·pro·tec·tive·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for overprotective

  • Possibly like Tao Lin, Paul is the coddled favorite of a loving, overprotective mother.

    The Gpistolary Novel: Tao Lin’s ‘Taipei’|Emily Witt|June 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
  • The Underground Man is full of overprotective mothers who will do anything to safeguard their errant sons.

  • I am not only convinced that this competition is healthy, but would venture to say that overprotective mothering does more damage.

Word Origin and History for overprotective

overprotective


adj.

also over-protective, 1930, from over- + protective. Related: Overprotectively; overprotectiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper