American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. To an excessive degree: overly protective.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Outside: superficial; negligent; inattentive; casual.
- Excessive; too much.
- Excessively; too much; too: used independently instead of the usual over- in composition: as, not overly good; overly particular.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Archaic Careless; negligent; inattentive; superfical; not thorough.
- adj. rare Excessive; too much.
- adv. Archaic In an overly manner.
- adv. Excessively.
- adv. to a degree exceeding normal or proper limits
“Numerous insurers have obtained permission from home-state regulators to deviate from what they term overly conservative rules.”
“Mr. Christie repeatedly uses the example of his own health-care package, which he calls overly generous, as an example of why public employees need to pay more for their health care.”
“Piyush Tiwari, who works in finance for American Express, escaped what he called his overly air-conditioned office for a 15-minute break.”
“The PAC also criticized the bowls for what it called overly generous perks, citing the $750,000 in travel expenses for the Orange Bowl in 2009 and the Sugar Bowl's $200,000 in "gifts and bonuses" in 2008; and "frivolous" use of funds, such as the Orange Bowl spending more than $1 million in entertaining and catering in 2009, and the Fiesta Bowl shelling out nearly $400,000 for its "Fiesta Frolic" golf retreat in 2009.”
“Telstra executives have been critical of what they described as overly onerous government regulations.”
“Buss hated what she referred to as her overly decorated festively feminine-sounding first name, insisting always on being addressed simply as "Miss Francis Buss.”
“Reynolds said he told Hastert what he calls overly friendly e-mails from 2005 but both men insist they were not aware of more explicit messages from 2003.”
“House speaker Hastert says, although he was told of what he called overly friendly e-mail exchange sent to the former page, Hastert says he only learned of those more sexually explicit messages this past week.”
“MCINTYRE: This was not the glass-half-full Rumsfeld that people were used to seeing opening the Pentagon briefing with broadsides against what he called overly negative press coverage.”
“In a speech before he quit as chairman, Mr. Tomlinson said he had no regrets over "aggressively" trying to balance what he called overly liberal programming.”
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