Definition of oversensitive in US English:

oversensitive

adjective

  • (especially of a person or an instrument) excessively sensitive.

    ‘Bentley was oversensitive to criticism’
    • ‘Being an oversensitive person, my expectations from each of my relationships with family, friends and relatives were really high.’
    • ‘But if your husband is not usually childish and oversensitive, consider the possibility that from his perspective this is not an isolated incident.’
    • ‘The mutation causes the brain cells to be oversensitive to neurotransmitters such as dopamine.’
    • ‘I don't think they're crazy, or oversensitive - there have been actual, real, changes in society that might make them feel this way.’
    • ‘Nux vomica can be helpful if you have been working long hours, are irritable and oversensitive to light and noise, and have been using stimulants like coffee or soda to keep going.’
    • ‘Perhaps so, but he does seem to be oversensitive to the importance of his own role, especially when it is overlooked.’
    • ‘Any player can be criticized, so it's no place for the oversensitive.’
    • ‘But parents have always been oversensitive to what their children read and watch.’
    • ‘Maybe I'm oversensitive but generalising about 3 billion people without a thorough and extensive survey to back it up seems a little arrogant.’
    • ‘Jane was rather oversensitive, and harped on about the glass of champagne for rather a long time.’
    • ‘I'm oversensitive and I know that gets on his nerves.’
    • ‘If there was a weak spot on Liv, it was her oversensitive stomach.’
    • ‘Touch stimulation overwhelms this oversensitive child.’
    • ‘I don't think I'm oversensitive to interpret your comments as saying my work is devoid of substantive content.’
    • ‘The software does seem a touch oversensitive to certain key words but I've never had a problem with blogs, even the more foul-mouthed ones.’
    • ‘Because I am a newish father, I am probably oversensitive to stories about men and their children.’
    • ‘I think I gave my best performance that night, and soon Henry was leading me off stage the way we'd planned, with a shower of applause reaching my oversensitive ears.’
    • ‘On the hotter side, jalfrezi dishes are beautifully spiced, and for those with truly oversensitive tastebuds, the korma is mild without being bland.’
    • ‘I thought it was just me - I am oversensitive to personal space issues.’
    • ‘I was always told when I was a child, you're too sensitive, you're oversensitive.’
    sensitive, hypersensitive, easily offended, thin-skinned
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Pronunciation

oversensitive

/ˌōvərˈsensidiv//ˌoʊvərˈsɛnsɪdɪv/