Definition of oversensitive in English:



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

    ‘Bentley was oversensitive to criticism’
    • ‘Jane was rather oversensitive, and harped on about the glass of champagne for rather a long time.’
    • ‘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 was always told when I was a child, you're too sensitive, you're oversensitive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mutation causes the brain cells to be oversensitive to neurotransmitters such as dopamine.’
    • ‘I'm oversensitive and I know that gets on his nerves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't think I'm oversensitive to interpret your comments as saying my work is devoid of substantive content.’
    • ‘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 thought it was just me - I am oversensitive to personal space issues.’
    • ‘On the hotter side, jalfrezi dishes are beautifully spiced, and for those with truly oversensitive tastebuds, the korma is mild without being bland.’
    • ‘Perhaps so, but he does seem to be oversensitive to the importance of his own role, especially when it is overlooked.’
    • ‘Because I am a newish father, I am probably oversensitive to stories about men and their children.’
    • ‘Touch stimulation overwhelms this oversensitive child.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't think they're crazy, or oversensitive - there have been actual, real, changes in society that might make them feel this way.’
    • ‘Maybe I'm oversensitive but generalising about 3 billion people without a thorough and extensive survey to back it up seems a little arrogant.’
    sensitive, oversensitive, hypersensitive, easily offended, thin-skinned
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