One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An excess of light.
Too light, excessively light; too insubstantial or frivolous; too easy.
1with object Chiefly poetic. To shed light over; to shine over.
2with object To illuminate too brightly.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Francis Bacon (1561–1626), lord chancellor, politician, and philosopher. From over- + light<br>late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. From over- + light<br>Old English (in an earlier sense). From over- + light. Compare Middle Dutch overlichten to illuminate.
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