Definition of overdress in English:

overdress

verb

[no object]
  • Dress too elaborately, ostentatiously, or formally.

    ‘it's a college bar, so don't overdress’
    • ‘I probably overdressed for a Saturday (polo shirt, jumper, tweed jacket and slacks) but had never seen my supervisor in anything but a suit.’
    • ‘I see him most often in the company of boys between 18-25, and frankly, he's usually a bit overdressed for my taste.’
    • ‘Kirsty felt out of place at Simon's office today, pale and overdressed, but at dinner, after gulping down a drink, she relaxes.’
    • ‘We never saw landlords and used to imagine they were oversized and overdressed and living the high life on the rents they received from their tenants.’
    • ‘Yet, as I walk past the pool and into the restaurant for breakfast, I feel overdressed and decidedly pale.’
    • ‘While clearly overdressed in a suit, Clark was quick to point out that he wasn't wearing a tie.’
    • ‘I felt terribly overdressed and ashamed of my tidy cardigan and River Island jeans which have no holes.’
    • ‘We talk to another general, this one surprisingly overdressed, who briefs us off the record.’
    • ‘Generally, either they show up overdressed, wearing a conservative suit and tie in earth tones, or if they choose to pay attention to my request, they wear an expensive polo shirt and nicely pressed khakis.’
    • ‘‘And you are far overdressed,’ she answered calmly.’
    • ‘I hadn't wanted to look like a total slob for this, so I'd worn a black skirt and a sleeveless silk blouse, hoping I wasn't too overdressed.’
    • ‘Even though he wore a tux, he didn't look overdressed.’
    • ‘When Cary shows up to a high-spirited clambake with Ron and his pals, she's uncomfortable and overdressed in a tight gray ensemble.’
    • ‘When she wants to let her hair down it doesn't feel right somehow, as if she's going partying for the first time after years of humdrum married life and turns up feeling awkward and overdressed.’
    • ‘We believe in always being underdressed or overdressed.’
    • ‘Many appear overdressed within the workplace because of the importance of ‘proper’ attire.’
    • ‘Standing there in front of the mirror in my dress and heels, with my hair and make-up done, I felt way overdressed for anything.’
    • ‘Privately I thought she looked like an average porcelain doll - completely overdressed.’
    • ‘She is almost always overdressed, and in ways that make people blink.’
    • ‘Rachael gave them a slight smile and had the feeling she overdressed.’

noun

British
  • A dress worn over another dress or other clothing.

    ‘a lace overdress’

Pronunciation

overdress

/əʊvəˈdrɛs/