Definition of Overearnest

1. a. Too earnest.



Definition of Overearnest

1. Adjective. Excessively earnest ¹

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Definition of Overearnest

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Overearnest

overdubbing
overdubs
overdue
overdust
overdusts
overdye
overdyed
overdyeing
overdyer
overdyers
overdyes
overeager
overeagerly
overeagerness
overeagernesses
overearnest (current term)
overeasy
overeat
overeaten
overeater
overeaters
overeating
overeats
overed
overedit
overedited
overediting
overedits
overeducate
overeducated

Literary usage of Overearnest

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1. History of Friedrich the Second, Called Frederick the Great by Thomas Carlyle (1862)
"... world is in Berlin at this Carnival time; but Friedrich has more to do with business of a manifold and overearnest nature than with Carnival gayeties. ..."

2. The Play Way: An Essay in Educational Method by Henry Caldwell Cook (1917)
"All the fun is out of school, unrecognized and uncontrolled. All the study is in school, an overearnest matter, unrelieved and ..."

3. Steps to Oratory: A School Speaker by Frank Townsend Southwick (1900)
"Yes, Cassius ; and from henceforth, When you are overearnest with your Brutus, He'll think your mother chides, and leave you so. — SHAKESPEARE. ..."

4. Classic French Course in English by William Cleaver Wilkinson (1890)
"... levity enough of temper to keep its subject free from those depressions of spirit and those cares of conscience which weigh and wear on the overearnest ..."

5. The Political History of the United States of America, During the Great by Edward McPherson (1882)
"... and that by an overearnest desire to reclaim by conciliation men whom you believe to be sound at heart, but whose loyal ;y is more than suspected ..."

6. The Campaign Lives of Ulysses S. Grant, and Schuyler Colfax by James Sanks Brisbin (1868)
"... repellant, dreadfully overearnest man, with a skin, a stomach, and a soul, equally dyspeptic. " Out of this population a face grows, now and then, ..."

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