Definition of overdress in English:



  • Dress too elaborately, ostentatiously, or formally.

    ‘it's a college bar, so don't overdress’
    • ‘We talk to another general, this one surprisingly overdressed, who briefs us off the record.’
    • ‘When she wants to let her hair down it doesn't feel right somehow, as if she's going partying for the first time after years of humdrum married life and turns up feeling awkward and overdressed.’
    • ‘Yet, as I walk past the pool and into the restaurant for breakfast, I feel overdressed and decidedly pale.’
    • ‘I hadn't wanted to look like a total slob for this, so I'd worn a black skirt and a sleeveless silk blouse, hoping I wasn't too overdressed.’
    • ‘Kirsty felt out of place at Simon's office today, pale and overdressed, but at dinner, after gulping down a drink, she relaxes.’
    • ‘When Cary shows up to a high-spirited clambake with Ron and his pals, she's uncomfortable and overdressed in a tight gray ensemble.’
    • ‘I probably overdressed for a Saturday (polo shirt, jumper, tweed jacket and slacks) but had never seen my supervisor in anything but a suit.’
    • ‘We never saw landlords and used to imagine they were oversized and overdressed and living the high life on the rents they received from their tenants.’
    • ‘Rachael gave them a slight smile and had the feeling she overdressed.’
    • ‘Standing there in front of the mirror in my dress and heels, with my hair and make-up done, I felt way overdressed for anything.’
    • ‘While clearly overdressed in a suit, Clark was quick to point out that he wasn't wearing a tie.’
    • ‘‘And you are far overdressed,’ she answered calmly.’
    • ‘Even though he wore a tux, he didn't look overdressed.’
    • ‘She is almost always overdressed, and in ways that make people blink.’
    • ‘I felt terribly overdressed and ashamed of my tidy cardigan and River Island jeans which have no holes.’
    • ‘Generally, either they show up overdressed, wearing a conservative suit and tie in earth tones, or if they choose to pay attention to my request, they wear an expensive polo shirt and nicely pressed khakis.’
    • ‘I see him most often in the company of boys between 18-25, and frankly, he's usually a bit overdressed for my taste.’
    • ‘We believe in always being underdressed or overdressed.’
    • ‘Many appear overdressed within the workplace because of the importance of ‘proper’ attire.’
    • ‘Privately I thought she looked like an average porcelain doll - completely overdressed.’


  • A dress worn over another dress or other clothing.

    ‘a lace overdress’
    • ‘The overdress was a deep, rich emerald and hugged her corseted waist tightly.’
    • ‘The archaeological evidence shows that women were often buried in their best outfits, including a pair of oval brooches of gilt bronze, which held up a woollen overdress worn with a linen underdress.’
    • ‘She had removed her jewelry, her stockings and the chiffon overdress of her gown.’
    • ‘He pulled out two underdresses with simple but exquisite embroidery on the sleeves, checked them against her for length, then moved on to the overdresses.’
    • ‘Also, she knew she'd sorely miss the fancy overdresses and petticoats she used to wear.’