Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cover with gilding: as, to overgild the carving of a piece of furniture.

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

  • transitive verb To gild over; to varnish.

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

  • verb transitive To cover with gilding.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English overgilden, from Old English ofergyldan ("to encase, overlay, or adorn with gold"), from Proto-Germanic *uber (“over”) + *gulþijanan (“to deck with gold”), equivalent to over- +‎ gild.

Examples

  • She knew that they were talking about that old trouble, and Nahum Beals's voice of high wrath made her shrink; but, after all, she was removed from it all that night into a little prospective paradise of her own, which, as is the case in childhood, seemed to overgild her own future and all the troubles of the world.

    The Portion of Labor

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