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  • adj. excessively serious


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  • One, it underlined how weirdly obsessed and overserious NBA fans are about the league's all-time pecking order—witness the recent howling when Dallas's coach dared suggest that Dirk Nowitzki belonged in the greatest-ever Top 10, as if there was the possibility the Martian All-Stars might arrive and our planet would get hammered in the low post because it opted for Nowitzki over Hakeem Olajuwon.

    No Use Denying the LeBrilliance Anymore

  • What Dreams May Come was a beautiful but deeply overserious meditation on the personal nature of heaven and hell, by Peter Jackson's countryman Vincent Ward.

    Alex Remington: The Lovely Bones: Half of a Good Movie, Then a Slow-Motion Mess

  • But she had a radiant smile—not so common among overserious Iranian politicians—and a Nokia mobile phone cord clipped beneath her chin, for constant calling.

    Let the Swords Encircle Me

  • He was gone before I could tell him that the man he had pointed out, Eddie Alfanta, was a regular at the bar, always came with his wife, Cheryl, whom he adored, and was a well-known accountant downtown -- overserious but successful, with an office on Bishop Street.


  • The Aussie management style, which tends to be open, egalitarian and not overserious, also plays well with the troops.

    Up Top, From Down Under

  • Actually, she had courted him—by throwing her hand muff at a handsome, if apparently overserious, young ensign as he drilled some sailors on a dock in Norfolk, Virginia.

    Sea of Thunder

  • Like a dreary overblown, overserious, super-depressing needless remake of a TV show most people had forgotten about.

    Colin Farrell Gets His Stalky Restraining Order

  • He showed a sly, deadpan humor as Legolas in Lord of the Rings and even as the stalwart and overserious Will Turner, straight man to Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, he had flashes of wit and the devil may care attitude that all swashbuckling heroes must have in the face of impossible odds.

    Buckle your swashes!

  • Arrogant, proud, overserious, and sometimes a bit greedy or obsessed with whatever treasure you choose to pursue ... you have enchanted people for centuries, and will continue to do so.

    amjl81 Diary Entry

  • Because of this, and her overserious attitudes generally, girls of her own age rather avoided her, and she became painfully self-conscious in their company as well as in the company of men.

    The Foundations of Personality


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