Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make excessive display or flourish of.
  • To flourish or adorn superficially.
  • To exaggerate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To make excessive display or flourish of.
  • transitive verb obsolete To embellish with outward ornaments or flourishes; to varnish over.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb obsolete To make excessive display or flourish of.
  • verb obsolete To embellish with outward ornaments or flourishes; to varnish over.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

over- +‎ flourish

Examples

  • Well I had rather follow his vein, the which was to speak simply and plainly to the common people's understanding, than to overflourish with superfluous speech, although I might thereby be counted equal with the best that ever wrote English. "

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