Definition of overgild in English:


Pronunciation /ˌəʊvəˈɡɪld/


  • To gild over, cover with gilding; to embroider all over with gold thread. Also figurative and in extended use. Chiefly in past participle.


Old English; earliest use found in King Alfred (c848–899), king of the West Saxons and of the Anglo-Saxons. Cognate with or formed similarly to Middle Dutch overgulden (Dutch overgulden), Old High German ubargulden (Middle High German übergulden, übergülden, German übergolden) from the Germanic base of over- + the Germanic base of gild.