overzealous

[oh-ver-zel-uh s]

adjective

too zealous: overzealous for reform.

Nearby words

  1. overwork,
  2. overworked,
  3. overworn,
  4. overwrite,
  5. overwrought,
  6. oveta,
  7. ovett,
  8. ovi-,
  9. ovicidal,
  10. ovicide

Origin of overzealous

First recorded in 1625–35; over- + zealous

Related formso·ver·zeal·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·zeal·ous·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for overzealously

overzealous

adjective

excessively zealous
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Word Origin and History for overzealously

overzealous

adj.

also over-zealous, 1630s, from over- + zealous. Related: Overzealously; overzealousness.

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