Definition of overly in English:

overly

adverb

  • [as submodifier] Excessively:

    ‘she was a jealous and overly possessive woman’
    • ‘The crab cake starter I had was dry and overly salty, and could have done with more mango and chilli salsa to go with it.’
    • ‘I think too many girls are overly sensitive about their appearance within relationships.’
    • ‘Indeed, the whole cast is extremely good, undermined only by an overly sentimental score.’
    • ‘It lets me call people and torments my mother with its overly cheery voice mail message.’
    • ‘I'm not overly worried about it long-term and it wasn't that serious to start with.’
    • ‘The New York Times obituary is overly keen to pigeonhole him in the Movement.’
    • ‘The balance between being either overly nostalgic or dismissive of the past.’
    • ‘She said he had no history of self-harm and that she had no reason to be overly worried about his mental state.’
    • ‘He listened politely while she engaged him in several minutes of overly tactile conversation.’
    • ‘Although the situations are often ridiculous, the gags don't feel overly contrived.’
    • ‘You let the phone ring twice before answering, lest you appear overly eager.’
    • ‘Boone's desserts are also truly wonderful but, since it's a spa, not overly rich.’
    • ‘Not an overly religious woman, Maggie had some vague notion of a grand plan.’
    • ‘The police and city officials have set up a number of strenuous and overly aggressive methods of control.’
    • ‘Not that my publishers had sounded overly impressed when I'd pitched them the story line.’
    • ‘Neither side will be overly disconsolate that this was not a game of classic hurling.’
    • ‘I'm not overly bothered by either fault, though it would be good to lose them.’
    • ‘As with all gaming movies, some fans will go in with overly high expectations that can never be fulfilled.’
    • ‘It doesn't always work out like that but I was not overly pleased as I wandered away from the counter.’
    • ‘Her approach to their suffering is compassionate, even overly sentimental in places.’
    unduly, excessively, inordinately, too, to too great an degree, to too great an extent, immoderately, exceedingly
    wildly, absurdly, ridiculously, outrageously, unreasonably, exorbitantly, impossibly
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Pronunciation

overly

/ˈəʊvəli/