Definition of overfamiliar in US English:



  • 1Too well known.

    ‘the overfamiliar teacher's voice’
    • ‘Most Hollywood films, particularly science fiction films, are these days a mass of overfamiliar and uncredited cliches that have been ripped off and merged together, usually not very intelligently.’
    • ‘It allowed people to look in, and it really made them overfamiliar to the public.’
    • ‘That being said, though, I think my bodiless namesake hits the nail on the head when he points out that the concept is already overfamiliar, even if this is the character's film debut.’
    • ‘But don't think for a minute that the novelist of his generation is going to take lying down the criticism of his new book, from those early whispers of overfamiliar themes to that embargo-busting kicking.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, it falls short when it comes to the main story, which is (to be kind) overfamiliar.’
    impudent, impertinent, disrespectful
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    1. 1.1overfamiliar withpredicative Too well acquainted with.
      ‘the researcher is overfamiliar with the community’
      • ‘Or perhaps, having read so many of the stories we are overfamiliar with the terrain.’
    2. 1.2 Behaving or speaking in an inappropriately informal way.
      ‘her private detective was dismissed for being overfamiliar with her’
      frivolous, superficial, shallow, glib, thoughtless, carefree, irresponsible, insouciant, offhand
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