from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective From one end to the other.
  • adjective Including everything; comprehensive.
  • adjective Regarded as a whole; general.
  • adverb On the whole; generally.
  • noun Chiefly British A loose-fitting protective outer garment; a smock.
  • noun Loose-fitting trousers, usually of strong fabric, with a bib front and shoulder straps, often worn over regular clothing as protection from dirt.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • All over; in all directions; everywhere; generally.
  • Beyond everything; preëminently; especially.
  • In measurements, extending from one extreme limit to the other; including the whole extent.
  • noun An external covering; specifically, in the plural, loose trousers of a light, strong material, worn over others by workmen to protect them from being soiled; also, in the plural, waterproof leggings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb obsolete Everywhere.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective All-encompassing.
  • adverb Generally; with everything considered.
  • noun UK A garment worn over other clothing to protect it; a coverall or boiler suit. A garment, for manual labor or for casual wear, often made of a single piece of fabric, with long legs and a bib upper, supported from the shoulders with straps, and having several large pockets and loops for carrying tools.
  • noun in the plural, US A garment, worn for manual labor, with an integral covering extending to the chest, supported by straps.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (usually plural) work clothing consisting of denim trousers (usually with a bib and shoulder straps)
  • noun a loose protective coverall or smock worn over ordinary clothing for dirty work
  • adjective involving only main features
  • adjective including everything


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

over +‎ all


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word overall.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.