Definition of overfamiliar in English:



  • 1Too well known:

    ‘the overfamiliar teacher's voice’
    • ‘It allowed people to look in, and it really made them overfamiliar to the public.’
    • ‘That being said, though, I think my bodiless namesake hits the nail on the head when he points out that the concept is already overfamiliar, even if this is the character's film debut.’
    • ‘Most Hollywood films, particularly science fiction films, are these days a mass of overfamiliar and uncredited cliches that have been ripped off and merged together, usually not very intelligently.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, it falls short when it comes to the main story, which is (to be kind) overfamiliar.’
    • ‘But don't think for a minute that the novelist of his generation is going to take lying down the criticism of his new book, from those early whispers of overfamiliar themes to that embargo-busting kicking.’
    impudent, impertinent, disrespectful
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    1. 1.1overfamiliar with Too well acquainted with:
      ‘the researcher is overfamiliar with the community’
      • ‘Or perhaps, having read so many of the stories we are overfamiliar with the terrain.’
    2. 1.2 Behaving or speaking in an inappropriately informal way:
      ‘her trainer was dismissed for being overfamiliar with her’
      frivolous, superficial, shallow, glib, thoughtless, carefree, irresponsible, insouciant, offhand
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