Definition of over-serious in English:



  • Excessively serious in character or mood.

    ‘he struck some as solemn, aloof, and over-serious’
    • ‘I quickly grew tired of these over-serious young men with dubious coloured hair.’
    • ‘There's something about this rather sombre and over-serious atmosphere that makes a part of me want to ask the most stupid and ridiculous or even offensive questions possible.’
    • ‘Their cheery approach in an occasionally over-serious scene won a handful of admirers - but a regular place at the top of the charts was never an option.’
    • ‘He comes across as rather overserious and pretentious in a short Sundance Channel featurette on his trip to London to promote the film.’
    • ‘In his writing, though, he was seized by a very English terror of being over-serious.’
    • ‘Bookish, arrogant, prickly, and often willing to take offence when none was intended, he struck some of his contemporaries as solemn, aloof, and over-serious.’
    • ‘Both men were prone to being over-serious about life, and Anne Darcy had always managed to somehow find a way past that seriousness.’
    • ‘I think I'm the one who keeps veering into over-serious territory.’
    • ‘He's doubtless a serious, possibly over-serious, fellow, but like many before him he judges the merits of his own words by the number of faces that turn his way when he speaks.’
    • ‘What really impressed me was that they weren't being over-serious, pretentious, or intellectual about what they were doing.’
    • ‘As a boy who was overserious, solitary, weak and tempramental, there also seemed something rather uncomfortably personal about all of this.’
    • ‘Twenty years old and the head of the family since their parents died, Darry is overworked and overserious.’
    tedious, difficult, dull, dry, serious, heavy-going, dreary, boring, turgid, uninteresting, wearisome, dry as dust
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