Definition of overdone in English:



  • 1(of food) overcooked.

    ‘he sat there chewing his overdone steak’
    • ‘Although the mint and cumin combined well, the meatballs were perhaps a little overdone.’
    • ‘The roast beef was not overdone, the vegetables excellent and I enjoyed every mouthful.’
    • ‘In fact, the monkfish was so overdone, I thought it was swordfish, and the tuna, prawn and salmon were a close second.’
    • ‘The walnuts were a nice touch as was the mascarpone, which made it nice and creamy, but the rice was slightly overdone.’
    • ‘Indeed, the chicken breast and the leg of lamb came out a bit overdone and dry, as perhaps your grandmother's did.’
    • ‘This was a generous portion and although one was overdone the rest were delicate, fresh and delicious with the brioche.’
    • ‘From the limp way they sat on his fork, though, the prawns looked overdone to me.’
    • ‘The mussels were plump and not overdone and the sauce with them very pleasant.’
    • ‘Can't cook them through before the thin part is overdone?’
    • ‘The tiger prawns were huge and not overdone and the potatoes and vegetables not overcooked.’
    • ‘My Mardi Gras chicken fettucini was overdone.’
    • ‘Not only that, but the loaf was overdone too.’
    • ‘The marinated chicken breast was dry and overdone, and the salmon, though clean tasting, had little flavor.’
    overcooked, overbaked, dried out, burnt, burnt to a cinder, burnt to a crisp
    View synonyms
  • 2Carried to excess; exaggerated.

    ‘an overdone show of camaraderie’
    • ‘They are not, then, overdone, either in quality or quantity.’
    • ‘The result is entirely natural; nothing is out of place, nothing is overdone.’
    • ‘The colors are compatible with the Victorian style of the downtown area, but they don't look overdone.’
    • ‘These exercises should not be overdone.’
    • ‘The report of what I said, if a bit overdone, had truth in it.’
    • ‘The best songs here are elegant and catchy without being overdone.’
    • ‘McCulley, however, thinks such speculation is overdone.’
    • ‘More realistic, but still overdone.’
    • ‘Parts of the film felt silly or overdone, taking away from the relationship that developed between the two boys.’
    • ‘I think the modern style restaurant is overdone.’
    • ‘Those close to Abramovich insist that the comparison is overdone.’
    • ‘Nothing is overdone, nothing is superfluous.’
    • ‘It can be overdone, yes.’
    • ‘Musical embellishment is rich and well-produced but maybe the soaring strings are a little overdone.’
    • ‘Personally, I think this is overdone.’
    • ‘The language is poetic without becoming overdone.’
    • ‘The audio is solid, although the voice acting is overdone and melodramatic.’
    • ‘With the whole movie being a flashback, to have a flashback within a flashback seems a little overdone.’
    • ‘I think the rhetoric of secularisation is very much overdone.’
    • ‘The background score, though overdone, heightens the tension and is perfect for the mood of the film.’
    excessive, too much, undue, immoderate, inordinate, disproportionate, inflated, beyond the pale, overstated, overworked, overripe, laboured, exaggerated, over-elaborate, overemphasized, extravagant, over-enthusiastic, effusive, over-effusive, gushing, fulsome, highly coloured, sensationalistic, forced, affected
    View synonyms