Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Too much; excessive.
  • adv. In excess.
  • n. An excessive amount.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • very much; too much

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Too much.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Too much; exceeding what is necessary or proper.
  • In too great a degree; too much.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a quantity that is more than what is appropriate
  • adv. more than necessary
  • adj. very great in quantity; overabundant

Etymologies

over- +‎ much (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I have known her since she was a mite, with a fat, solemn dumpling of a face … Her parents are of the good old conservative type, not believing in overmuch book-knowledge for a girl, and with an eye to a good husband and mother-in-law for the child.

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  • As long as the bandsmen were playing then the British Battalions were not suffering overmuch from the French bombardment.

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  • Kira stressed the word perhaps overmuch, but she meant it to burn.

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  • Much of this has been driven by the American Library Association which, truth be told, is not among my favorite organizations, but my distaste for them lacks enough intensity for me to complain overmuch.

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  • "I should not have thought Brianna the kind of lass to mind her father's word overmuch, " he said.

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  • But, for the most part, the religiosity of your music recalls overmuch the fashionable confessor's.

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  • This charming _bonhomie_, found among all classes, is apt to take the form of gossip overmuch, which is sometimes wearisome.

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  • If we deserve applause, we do not have to seek it; when we pride ourselves overmuch, that is a sure signal that we are substituting self-satisfaction for awareness of the continuous urgency to grapple with old and new demands to meet human needs.

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  • I think employers have on occasion used the recession to their advantage, knowing we’re all too worried about losing our jobs to complain overmuch.

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  • "Thou honorest my calling overmuch," said Yoomy, we minstrels but sing our lays carelessly, my lord Media. "

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