Definition of overdress in US English:



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Pronunciation /ˌōvərˈdres//ˌoʊvərˈdrɛs/
  • Dress too elaborately, ostentatiously, or formally.

    ‘it's a college bar, so don't overdress’
    • ‘Even though he wore a tux, he didn't look overdressed.’
    • ‘She is almost always overdressed, and in ways that make people blink.’
    • ‘Generally, either they show up overdressed, wearing a conservative suit and tie in earth tones, or if they choose to pay attention to my request, they wear an expensive polo shirt and nicely pressed khakis.’
    • ‘We believe in always being underdressed or overdressed.’
    • ‘We never saw landlords and used to imagine they were oversized and overdressed and living the high life on the rents they received from their tenants.’
    • ‘I see him most often in the company of boys between 18-25, and frankly, he's usually a bit overdressed for my taste.’
    • ‘While clearly overdressed in a suit, Clark was quick to point out that he wasn't wearing a tie.’
    • ‘When Cary shows up to a high-spirited clambake with Ron and his pals, she's uncomfortable and overdressed in a tight gray ensemble.’
    • ‘Privately I thought she looked like an average porcelain doll - completely overdressed.’
    • ‘Standing there in front of the mirror in my dress and heels, with my hair and make-up done, I felt way overdressed for anything.’
    • ‘Many appear overdressed within the workplace because of the importance of ‘proper’ attire.’
    • ‘Kirsty felt out of place at Simon's office today, pale and overdressed, but at dinner, after gulping down a drink, she relaxes.’
    • ‘When she wants to let her hair down it doesn't feel right somehow, as if she's going partying for the first time after years of humdrum married life and turns up feeling awkward and overdressed.’
    • ‘I felt terribly overdressed and ashamed of my tidy cardigan and River Island jeans which have no holes.’
    • ‘Yet, as I walk past the pool and into the restaurant for breakfast, I feel overdressed and decidedly pale.’
    • ‘Rachael gave them a slight smile and had the feeling she overdressed.’
    • ‘‘And you are far overdressed,’ she answered calmly.’
    • ‘I hadn't wanted to look like a total slob for this, so I'd worn a black skirt and a sleeveless silk blouse, hoping I wasn't too overdressed.’
    • ‘I probably overdressed for a Saturday (polo shirt, jumper, tweed jacket and slacks) but had never seen my supervisor in anything but a suit.’
    • ‘We talk to another general, this one surprisingly overdressed, who briefs us off the record.’


Pronunciation /ˈoʊvərˌdrɛs//ˈōvərˌdres/
  • A dress worn over another dress or other clothing.

    ‘a lace overdress’
    • ‘The archaeological evidence shows that women were often buried in their best outfits, including a pair of oval brooches of gilt bronze, which held up a woollen overdress worn with a linen underdress.’
    • ‘He pulled out two underdresses with simple but exquisite embroidery on the sleeves, checked them against her for length, then moved on to the overdresses.’
    • ‘Also, she knew she'd sorely miss the fancy overdresses and petticoats she used to wear.’
    • ‘The overdress was a deep, rich emerald and hugged her corseted waist tightly.’
    • ‘She had removed her jewelry, her stockings and the chiffon overdress of her gown.’