Definition of overprotective in English:



  • Having a tendency to protect someone, especially a child, excessively.

    ‘it may be that parents are just being overprotective’
    • ‘A blush covered her cheeks, causing Jacob to go into overprotective father mode.’
    • ‘He was asked how he would deal with an overprotective parent or partner.’
    • ‘It has reignited the debate over whether authorities are being overprotective of children.’
    • ‘What a wonderful, but totally overprotective father you are!’
    • ‘Ally's just important to me and I was being a little overprotective.’
    • ‘Besides, this thinking goes, families tend to be overprotective, risk averse and are to be mistrusted.’
    • ‘I feel I can't win - I'm either being overprotective, or ignoring his wellbeing by not letting him have a proper rest.’
    • ‘She had four brothers, all were older and all were overprotective.’
    • ‘Dave, on the other hand, has been a perfect blend of jealous and overprotective.’
    • ‘The real world is often not so nice, and being overprotective doesn't always help students.’
    • ‘Funny how having daughters turns you into an old-fashioned, overprotective prude.’
    • ‘He feared he was acting the overprotective father, but there was something about William Brown-Lee that simply did not fit.’
    • ‘Lee has reasons to be a little neurotic, among them an alcoholic father, an overprotective mother and a shallow newlywed sister.’
    • ‘My parents are totally overprotective and won't let me do anything.’
    • ‘Frissa had always been overprotective of him against other women.’
    • ‘She was a smart girl who grew up with an overprotective father and was quickly isolated from her peers.’
    • ‘I think his mother was quite strict and overprotective of him.’
    • ‘His parents were so overprotective of him, especially his father.’
    • ‘After three years, he decides to play overprotective best friend?’
    • ‘The first of these heresies was the tendency to be overprotective of people, at the expense of individual liberty.’
    solicitous, caring, mindful, careful, wary, watchful, vigilant, warm, maternal, paternal, fatherly, motherly, gallant, chivalrous
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