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Definitions for overly
ˈoʊ vər liover·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. excessively, overly, to a fault, tooadverb

    to a degree exceeding normal or proper limits

    "too big"


  1. overlyadverb



  1. overlyadverb

    To an excessive degree.

    Parents can be overly protective of their children.


  1. overly

    Some English words are often used in ways that are contentious among writers on usage and prescriptive commentators. The contentious usages are especially common in spoken English, and academic linguists point out that they are accepted by many listeners. While in some circles the usages below may make the speaker sound uneducated or illiterate, in other circles the more standard or more traditional usage may make the speaker sound stilted or pretentious. For a list of disputes more complicated than the usage of a single word or phrase, see English usage controversies.


  1. overly

    Overly refers to being excessive, too much, or going beyond what is considered normal or necessary. It implies surpassing a reasonable or acceptable limit.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overly

    ō′vėr-li, adv. (coll.) excessively, too.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Overly is ranked #13746 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Overly surname appeared 2,201 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Overly.

    92.6% or 2,039 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 45 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.7% or 38 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 37 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.6% or 36 total occurrences were Black.
    0.2% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overly in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of overly in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Innes:

    This escalation of the trade war is dangerous for oil prices, let's hope cooler heads prevail, but I'm not overly optimistic.

  2. Scott Angelle:

    At the same time, we are equally dedicated to addressing overly burdensome regulations and, even more so, to amending or eliminating regulations that may decrease safety or increase the chances of environmental harm.

  3. Nicole Saphier:

    There is a balance between being overly cautious and negligent, when it comes to young children, especially those under 12 years old, the benefit of wearing masks no longer outweighs the risks posed with prolonged mask-wearing in children when community transmission levels are low and there are high levels of immunity (vaccine and natural).

  4. Jenny Wanger:

    Our goal is to have any business develop something -- startups can play in this space, as well as IBM, we are working on this system so there isn't a way for one company or one group of companies to have power over health records or be overly dominant.

  5. Scott Colyer:

    Investors have been very cautious, overly so in equities, over the past month or so. That seems to be mostly attributable to overseas risks. Those risks are coming off the table this week.

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