Definition of overprotective in English:



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

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