overdress


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o·ver·dress

 (ō′vər-drĕs′)
v. o·ver·dressed, o·ver·dress·ing, o·ver·dress·es
v.intr.
1. To dress oneself more formally or elaborately than appropriate or desirable: When I saw the other guests' casual attire, I knew I had overdressed.
2. To dress oneself too warmly: She left her jacket in the car, realizing she had overdressed for the beach.
v.tr.
1. To dress more formally or elaborately than appropriate or desirable: He overdressed himself by wearing a tuxedo to a casual restaurant.
2. To dress too warmly: The nanny overdressed the children, misjudging how hot the day would be.
n. (ō′vər-drĕs′)
A skirted garment, such as a pinafore, worn over other outer clothing.

overdress

vb
(Clothing & Fashion) to dress (oneself or another) too elaborately or finely
n
(Clothing & Fashion) a dress that may be worn over a jumper, blouse, etc

o•ver•dress

(v. ˌoʊ vərˈdrɛs; n. ˈoʊ vərˌdrɛs)
v.t., v.i.
1. to dress with too much finery or formality.
2. to dress with too much clothing.
n.
3. a dress worn over another.
[1700–10]

overdress


Past participle: overdressed
Gerund: overdressing

Imperative
overdress
overdress
Present
I overdress
you overdress
he/she/it overdresses
we overdress
you overdress
they overdress
Preterite
I overdressed
you overdressed
he/she/it overdressed
we overdressed
you overdressed
they overdressed
Present Continuous
I am overdressing
you are overdressing
he/she/it is overdressing
we are overdressing
you are overdressing
they are overdressing
Present Perfect
I have overdressed
you have overdressed
he/she/it has overdressed
we have overdressed
you have overdressed
they have overdressed
Past Continuous
I was overdressing
you were overdressing
he/she/it was overdressing
we were overdressing
you were overdressing
they were overdressing
Past Perfect
I had overdressed
you had overdressed
he/she/it had overdressed
we had overdressed
you had overdressed
they had overdressed
Future
I will overdress
you will overdress
he/she/it will overdress
we will overdress
you will overdress
they will overdress
Future Perfect
I will have overdressed
you will have overdressed
he/she/it will have overdressed
we will have overdressed
you will have overdressed
they will have overdressed
Future Continuous
I will be overdressing
you will be overdressing
he/she/it will be overdressing
we will be overdressing
you will be overdressing
they will be overdressing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been overdressing
you have been overdressing
he/she/it has been overdressing
we have been overdressing
you have been overdressing
they have been overdressing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been overdressing
you will have been overdressing
he/she/it will have been overdressing
we will have been overdressing
you will have been overdressing
they will have been overdressing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been overdressing
you had been overdressing
he/she/it had been overdressing
we had been overdressing
you had been overdressing
they had been overdressing
Conditional
I would overdress
you would overdress
he/she/it would overdress
we would overdress
you would overdress
they would overdress
Past Conditional
I would have overdressed
you would have overdressed
he/she/it would have overdressed
we would have overdressed
you would have overdressed
they would have overdressed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.overdress - dress too warmly; "You should not overclothe the child--she will be too hot"
apparel, clothe, enclothe, garb, garment, raiment, tog, habilitate, fit out, dress - provide with clothes or put clothes on; "Parents must feed and dress their child"
underdress - dress without sufficient warmth; "She was underdressed for the hiking trip and suffered hypothermia"
2.overdress - put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractiveoverdress - put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive; "She never dresses up, even when she goes to the opera"; "The young girls were all fancied up for the party"
primp, preen, dress, plume - dress or groom with elaborate care; "She likes to dress when going to the opera"
prank - dress up showily; "He pranked himself out in his best clothes"
tart up - dress up in a cheap and provocative way
dress, dress up - dress in a certain manner; "She dresses in the latest Paris fashion"; "he dressed up in a suit and tie"
enrobe - adorn with a robe
dizen, bedizen - dress up garishly and tastelessly
dress, get dressed - put on clothes; "we had to dress quickly"; "dress the patient"; "Can the child dress by herself?"
costume, dress up - dress in a costume; "We dressed up for Halloween as pumpkins"
dress down, underdress - dress informally and casually; "On Fridays, employees can underdress"
Translations

overdress

[ˌəʊvəˈdres] VIvestirse con demasiada elegancia

overdress

[ˌəʊvəˈdrɛs] vivestirsi in modo troppo elegante
don't you think you're a bit overdressed? → non pensi di essere un po' troppo elegante?
References in classic literature ?
Originally it had been only a simple little slip of cream silk with a chiffon overdress. But Phil had insisted on taking it home with her in the Christmas holidays and embroidering tiny rosebuds all over the chiffon.
His gray eyes were glancing under a pair of shaggy brows, that over hung them in long hairs of gray mingled with their natural hue; his scraggy neck was bare, and burnt to the same tint with his face; though a small part of a shirt-collar, made of the country check, was to be seen above the overdress he wore.
From the length of the veil which fell from their pointed coif, twined with pearls, to their heels, from the fineness of the embroidered chemisette which covered their shoulders and allowed a glimpse, according to the pleasing custom of the time, of the swell of their fair virgin bosoms, from the opulence of their under-petticoats still more precious than their overdress (marvellous refinement), from the gauze, the silk, the velvet, with which all this was composed, and, above all, from the whiteness of their hands, which certified to their leisure and idleness, it was easy to divine they were noble and wealthy heiresses.
She was overdressed, but not badly dressed, in black with a high collar, and she wore black glace gloves, in which she played cards; she had several heavy gold chains round her neck, bangles on her wrists, and circular photograph pendants, one being of Queen Alexandra; she carried a black satin bag and chewed Sen-sens.
MAJOR FITZ-DAVID'S visitor proved to be a plump, round-eyed overdressed girl, with a florid complexion and straw colored hair.
She is always overdressed and never natural, but it seems to me that nearly everything she does is done to suit his whims, or at his instigation."
Memories of Evie's wedding had warped her, the starched servants, the yards of uneaten food, the rustle of overdressed women, motor-cars oozing grease on the gravel, rubbish on a pretentious band.
Crawley's man, three other men, smelling very much of the stable, and four women, one of whom, I remarked, was very much overdressed, and who flung me a look of great scorn as she plumped down on her knees.
Well, after I had been in the room about ten minutes, talking to huge overdressed dowagers and tedious academicians, I suddenly became conscious that some one was looking at me.
It is the haunt of the river swell and his overdressed female companion.
But travel- stained though he was, he was well and even richly attired, and without being overdressed looked a gallant gentleman.
A florid, overdressed man was drinking in the parlor, and I could have sworn it was at the sight of him that Raffles recoiled on the threshold, and afterwards insisted on returning to the station through the rain.