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

  • intransitive v. To dress oneself more formally or elaborately than appropriate or desirable.
  • transitive v. To dress (oneself) more formally or elaborately than appropriate or desirable.
  • n. A skirted garment, such as a pinafore, worn over other outer clothing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To wear too many clothes for a particular occasion.
  • v. To wear clothing which is too elaborate or formal for a particular occasion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To dress or adorn to excess; to dress too much; to dress too formally for an informal occasion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dress to excess; dress with too much display and ornament.
  • n. Any garment worn over another in such a way as to combine with it in forming a dress; any part of costume which is obviously intended to be worn over another.

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

  • v. put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive
  • v. dress too warmly


over- +‎ dress (Wiktionary)



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  • "Still, the new recruits turn out for training in the blistering heat in this stony desert landscape wearing, beneath their heavy uniforms, the smart red, green, and black warm-up outfits intended to encourage them to engage in off-duty exercise. American trainers recognize that recruits regularly wear all their gear at once for fear somebody will steal anything left behind in the barracks, but they take this overdressing as a sign of how much Afghans love the military."
    - Ann Jones, Meet the Afghan Army,, 20 September 2009.

    September 21, 2009