Definition of overfull in English:



  • Containing an excessive amount of something.

    ‘an overfull cup of tea’
    • ‘On the other hand, the ITV schedule seems overfull with murder.’
    • ‘But although the film seems sometimes overfull of characters, the fine acting comes in such generous quantities that the angels will sing hallelujahs in your head.’
    • ‘We were overfull, according to the health codes, but people kept dropping off animals when we were closed.’
    • ‘That's mostly because Canadian country music, he maintains, is already overfull with clichés about the American south.’
    • ‘While those overfull metro busses chug along in special transit lanes, Port of Seattle officials are stuck in traffic somewhere in the other nine lanes, watching the global economy roar past on the shoulder.’
    • ‘I was trying desperately to push my books into my overfull bag when Sara passed me another piece of paper.’
    • ‘An overfull order book cannot be used to ignore health and safety regulations or an enforcement notice as it suits.’
    • ‘I arrived back at my desk feeling slightly sleepy from the lovely sunshine, and overfull from the heavy chocolate torte I'd had for desert.’
    • ‘When our universities are underfunded, and overfull, it's time to stop the fever.’
    • ‘‘Being overfull is not especially a good thing,’ he said.’
    • ‘We make sure there are no broken bottles on the floor and that the bin does not get overfull.’
    • ‘I hadn't checked it in awhile and knew it would be overfull, more than likely.’
    packed, congested, crushed, cramped, overcrowded, full, filled to capacity, full to bursting, overflowing, teeming, swarming, thronged, populous, overpopulated, overpeopled, busy
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