Definition of oversensitive in US English:

oversensitive

adjective

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

    ‘Bentley was oversensitive to criticism’
    • ‘Maybe I'm oversensitive but generalising about 3 billion people without a thorough and extensive survey to back it up seems a little arrogant.’
    • ‘Touch stimulation overwhelms this oversensitive child.’
    • ‘Jane was rather oversensitive, and harped on about the glass of champagne for rather a long time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But parents have always been oversensitive to what their children read and watch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm oversensitive and I know that gets on his nerves.’
    • ‘But if your husband is not usually childish and oversensitive, consider the possibility that from his perspective this is not an isolated incident.’
    • ‘Being an oversensitive person, my expectations from each of my relationships with family, friends and relatives were really high.’
    • ‘Perhaps so, but he does seem to be oversensitive to the importance of his own role, especially when it is overlooked.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't think they're crazy, or oversensitive - there have been actual, real, changes in society that might make them feel this way.’
    • ‘The mutation causes the brain cells to be oversensitive to neurotransmitters such as dopamine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't think I'm oversensitive to interpret your comments as saying my work is devoid of substantive content.’
    • ‘I was always told when I was a child, you're too sensitive, you're oversensitive.’
    • ‘If there was a weak spot on Liv, it was her oversensitive stomach.’
    • ‘Any player can be criticized, so it's no place for the oversensitive.’
    • ‘Because I am a newish father, I am probably oversensitive to stories about men and their children.’
    sensitive, hypersensitive, easily offended, thin-skinned
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Pronunciation

oversensitive

/ˌōvərˈsensidiv//ˌoʊvərˈsɛnsɪdɪv/