Definition of overact in English:



  • (of an actor) act a role in an exaggerated manner.

    ‘a weepy actress with a strong tendency to overact’
    ‘there was a certain amount of overacting’
    • ‘This star-packed movie is oppressed with overwriting and overacting.’
    • ‘Her overacting and close-ups do not exactly compliment her either.’
    • ‘Her lack of theater training shows (in a good way) because she is one of the few actors who doesn't overact.’
    • ‘Indeed, although there were people there, nobody seemed stressed, and nobody seemed to be overacting.’
    • ‘Dahl's caricatures could eclipse a production when performed by a cast of skilled actors allowed to overact to their hearts' content, as is the case here.’
    • ‘At times, they do tend to overact or appear patronizing to viewers.’
    • ‘But unless you're a huge fan of the Wayans and their ability to overact, you should probably hold on to your money.’
    • ‘Everyone overacts in roles that are as unlikable as they are shallow.’
    • ‘Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix, two actors I don't like very much, perform convincingly and, more important, don't overact and chew the scenery.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, its comedy potential is sapped from the start by overacting and exaggerated direction.’
    • ‘The two boys also put in solid performances, tearing into their roles with the necessary gusto without ever overacting.’
    • ‘It's great fun watching Pacino tear into this role, knowingly and calculatingly overacting.’
    • ‘These poorly-articulated frog suits leave the actors inside with little choice but to overact and gesticulate.’
    • ‘The web-slinging and the dizzying scenes from the heights of New York City plus William Defoe's amazing ability to overact to the point of absurdity all made this movie great fun.’
    • ‘And the young actress doesn't rely on hysterics and overacting (as others might) to convey Maria's desperation.’
    • ‘It really opened up my eyes to the potential of theater, because I had always thought that theater was sort of like a bad movie, where you just sat in a balcony and watched tiny little figures move around overacting.’
    exaggerate, overdo it, overplay it
    ham it up, camp it up, pile it on, lay it on thick, lay it on with a trowel
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