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

  • adv. To an excessive degree: overly protective.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. To an excessive degree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Careless; negligent; inattentive; superfical; not thorough.
  • adj. Excessive; too much.
  • adv. In an overly manner.
  • adv. Excessively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Outside: superficial; negligent; inattentive; casual.
  • Excessive; too much.
  • Superficially.
  • Excessively; too much; too: used independently instead of the usual over- in composition: as, not overly good; overly particular.

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

  • adv. to a degree exceeding normal or proper limits


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