Definition of overly in US English:

overly

adverb

  • as submodifier Excessively.

    ‘she was a jealous and overly possessive woman’
    • ‘The crab cake starter I had was dry and overly salty, and could have done with more mango and chilli salsa to go with it.’
    • ‘Not that my publishers had sounded overly impressed when I'd pitched them the story line.’
    • ‘Indeed, the whole cast is extremely good, undermined only by an overly sentimental score.’
    • ‘I think too many girls are overly sensitive about their appearance within relationships.’
    • ‘Her approach to their suffering is compassionate, even overly sentimental in places.’
    • ‘It doesn't always work out like that but I was not overly pleased as I wandered away from the counter.’
    • ‘You let the phone ring twice before answering, lest you appear overly eager.’
    • ‘Although the situations are often ridiculous, the gags don't feel overly contrived.’
    • ‘The balance between being either overly nostalgic or dismissive of the past.’
    • ‘The New York Times obituary is overly keen to pigeonhole him in the Movement.’
    • ‘I'm not overly worried about it long-term and it wasn't that serious to start with.’
    • ‘Neither side will be overly disconsolate that this was not a game of classic hurling.’
    • ‘I'm not overly bothered by either fault, though it would be good to lose them.’
    • ‘Not an overly religious woman, Maggie had some vague notion of a grand plan.’
    • ‘It lets me call people and torments my mother with its overly cheery voice mail message.’
    • ‘She said he had no history of self-harm and that she had no reason to be overly worried about his mental state.’
    • ‘Boone's desserts are also truly wonderful but, since it's a spa, not overly rich.’
    • ‘The police and city officials have set up a number of strenuous and overly aggressive methods of control.’
    • ‘As with all gaming movies, some fans will go in with overly high expectations that can never be fulfilled.’
    • ‘He listened politely while she engaged him in several minutes of overly tactile conversation.’
    unduly, excessively, inordinately, too, to too great an degree, to too great an extent, immoderately, exceedingly
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Pronunciation

overly

/ˈōvərlē//ˈoʊvərli/